Lesson 7: Encouraging our Children

The lesson shows the important difference between the words “praise” and “encouragement.” Praise compliments the results while encouragement compliment the child’s efforts. Praise, while well-intentioned, can sometimes be a source of discouragement because a child may come to believe that she is of value only if she achieves and performs well. Encouragement, on the other hand, builds a child’s self-confidence and prompts her to proceed with courage in spite of her mistakes. While light praise can be helpful, encouragement is the key to promoting children’s progress at school, home, and in life.

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