Helping children feel competent
Parents and carers need to encourage rather than simply praise children. They can help children feel competent by pointing out exactly what they have accomplished. United States
How children respond to praise
Encouragement begins with acknowledgement. Identify details and say something about each child's effort - this is the secret to effective encouragement. United States
What is known about praise
Praise can be ineffective in helping children learn. It can make them rely on extrinsic rewards and weaken their self-motivation. Continuous praise can also undermines children's confidence in their what they are doing. United States
Issues about praise
Praise can be used to control or encourage young children. Research has shown the need to think more carefully about how and when praise is used. United Kingdom
Praise and positive reinforcement give children the attention they like. Rewards are different from bribes and this brief article recognises the distinction. United States
Positive discipline strategies
The purpose of discipline is to raise responsible, confident children. This article outlines a range of positive behaviour management strategies that can be used to support the development of self control in young children. United States
Book: Young children's behaviour: Practical approaches for caregivers and teachers
Book: Managing difficult behaviour in young children
Book: Discipline in school-age care: Control the climate, not the children
Book: Challenging behaviours in early childhood settings: Creating a place for all children
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