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Many daycare centers work to instill confidence in kids by giving them praise. But when it comes to boosting kids’ self-confidence, encouragement actually works better than praise. However, giving children too much praise can actually lower their self-esteem and lead to them becoming less cooperative and more competitive. Encouragement and praise have very different purposes. The emphasis of praise is on the adult’s thoughts or feelings, and it frequently includes a judgment like “good.” The underlying message of compliments that begin “I like…” is that the adult’s opinion is what matters. Praise that may seem effective includes phrases like “You’re such a nice girl,” “I love your block tower,” and “I’m so proud of you for cleaning up.” However, children who receive praise frequently behave in ways meant to win favor with adults rather than for their own motivation. Encouragement is unbiased. Positive statements highlight specific facts without evaluating them. Non-judgmental encouragement includes statements like “You really worked hard,” “Look at all the green you used in your painting,” and “I bet you are proud that you finished that whole puzzle.” Because encouragement focuses on what the child is doing well rather than what the teacher thinks of their work, it tends to help children become more self-motivated and proud of their work. Encouragement emphasizes performance. Children are motivated when their caregivers point out how hard they have worked or how far they have come. Children’s pride in their own work is increased as a result. Children learn to judge themselves on their own merits through encouragement. Children learn to evaluate themselves without comparing their efforts and successes to those of others when adults give them feedback on what they are doing. Encouraged children come to understand that their own opinions matter more than those of others.

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