TMW Tip: Praise the effort
- September 30, 2016
- / Shannon Nickinson
- / early-learning,TMW-Tips
Students at Jamison Street Preschool in west Pensacola engage in center-based, interactive learning throughout the day. Credit: Shannon Nickinson.
The right kind of praise is vital for building your child's ability to solve problems and think critically later in life.
That's why the Studer Community Institute staff highlighted that advice and more from Dr. Dana Suskind's book, “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain.”
Have a listen: here
Praise your child’s effort — ”You worked so hard on that puzzle and you finished it. Great job!” — rather than just praise the outcome — “You are so smart.”
The difference may seem subtle, but research shows that children who are praised for their effort are less likely to give up when faced with a challenge.