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20 Easy & Useful Ways to Praise Children & Boost Self Esteem


We all know praising children is essential, but it’s not always easy to think of fresh and new ways to do it or find other words for praise. There are ways of expressing approval of a child’s behavior that strengthen their emotional development.

These 20 simple ideas will help boost your child’s self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves. Try some of these phrases today if you are looking for ways to boost your child’s self-esteem. Check out these easy and practical “ways to praise” tips!

Praising your child is a great way to show them that you love and appreciate them and can help them feel good about themselves. So put a smile on their face with these unique ways to praise. Patting them on the back is okay – kids deserve it!

With that said, I have never been a fan of “praising” for the sake of praising, to build up a child’s self-confidence without connecting it to a genuine, honest effort. There is no doubt, however, that praising a child with words can be powerful.

Over time, however, I have realized that there is room for praise as long as it is specific to a task and focused on the child’s effort.

After years, I have embraced the idea that praise has its place within a specific context. I don’t reward, but I will enforce moments of good behavior.

Here are twenty praise phrases that help me every day.

How to Praise a Child with Words

The Science Behind Praise

We all know the power of praise. A few well-chosen words can boost someone’s confidence, brighten their day, or even inspire them to achieve great things. But what is the science behind praise?

Recent research has shown that praise can be an effective tool for promoting positive behavior and motivation. One study found that praise can help children persevere in the face of challenging tasks. Praise has also improved adult performance, especially when given specific and appropriate behavior.

So why does praise work? One theory is that recognition helps people to feel competent and capable. When we feel competent, we are more likely to take on challenging tasks and persevere in facing setbacks.

Another theory is that praise activates the reward centers in the brain, giving us a sense of pleasure that motivates us to repeat the behaviors that earned us credit in the first place.

Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that praise is a powerful tool for promoting positive behavior. The next time you want to encourage someone, give them a few words of praise – you may be surprised at how much of a difference it makes.

I hope you find this list of encouraging words and phrases useful in your daily life. Finding ways to compliment a child isn’t always easy if you want that child to focus on the effort, not the outcome.

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20 Ways to Praise

  1. I love watching you build with legos.
  2. I love hearing you tell stories.
  3. Wow! That tower is high!
  4. I love you.
  5. I’m so proud of you. You worked so hard.
  6. You’re so focused.
  7. You’re working hard.
  8. I am so impressed by your work.
  9. You have worked so hard and have improved.
  10. Your smile is the best.
  1. Amazing. I am so proud of you!
  2. How artistic!
  3. Yes! You got it!
  4. I appreciate how nicely you put on your coat before we left for school.
  5. You have so many great ideas!
  6. You’re so sweet and caring with your baby brother.
  7. Thank you for being so thoughtful about dinner.
  8. Thank you for letting me know you don’t like broccoli.
  9. Thank you for being so helpful in getting into the car for school.
  10. I noticed how you could calm your body down on your own. Well done!

Did you enjoy this post? What are your ideas about praising in the Montessori way?


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