We all know how important it is for children to hear positive statements of praise from the most important people in their lives. It shapes how they feel about themselves as they grow. However, many people often simply resort to using the handy, all-purpose phrase “good job!”. Parents, caregivers, and teachers can learn to offer more useful, potent praise experiences when they jazz things up by using interesting words and by commenting on specific actions.
Here are ten good starter phrases to add to your repertoire:
- “Excellent idea for…….”
- “You must feel proud of yourself for….”
- “You have really learned how to…”
- “You’ve done a wonderful job at…”
- “Wow! What a fabulous job you’ve done of…”
- “That’s a cool way to…”
- “I’m so appreciative that you…”
- “You are a real problem solver for…”
- “Brilliant thinking for….”
- You have worked so hard on…”
By Lisa Poelle, M.A.
Excerpted from: Building Relationship and Creating Supportive Environments, The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, www.csefel.uiuc.edu