A Pat on the Back Goes a Long Way

It’s not only you who need to be recognized for your efforts every once in a while.  Even your children need to be validated by praise and recognition.  In a lot of cases, your verbal acknowledgement of a job well done is better than any other material “prize” that you can give to your child.  Here are a couple of the benefits of a good pat on the back:

  1. Boosts confidence.  There is nothing that can make the child more confident about his skills than his parents’ recognition.  When you indicate that your child has done the right thing or is on the right track, he develops self-esteem.
  2. Motivates.  Any child who feels that his parents are recognizing and supporting his efforts will be motivated to push on harder.  Even if he slips occasionally, he will be more likely to take this failure in stride and give it another try.  Indomitable spirit is fostered by parental recognition and support.

Keep in mind that children develop self-confidence and high self-esteem primarily in the home.  Acknowledge your child’s efforts in whatever task he is doing to ensure that he grows up full of confidence and spirit.


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  1. Carrie Conley says

    When my kids were growing up…. I found a pat on the back worked….

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