Helping You Navigate Your Journey Through Parenting Moving Beyond “Good Job, Good Work!”: Praise vs. Encouragement

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In this era of “every kid gets a trophy, star, r certificate”, how do praise and rewards impact children’s motivation and self esteem, and what is the end result? Let’s start with the definitions of both praise and encouragement, because there are very subtle differences. Praise: 1. to express favorable judgment of; 2. to glorify; 3. an expression of approval. Encouragement: 1. to inspire with courage; 2. to spur on; stimulate.

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