Tips for praising children properly

Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP Parent Educator, shares expert advice for parents on how to praise your kids most effectively, including the best way how and how often to praise them
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Tips for praising children properly

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Using praise is a great way to encourage a child and repeat positive expected behaviors. However, it can be a little bit like salt in cooking. A little too little and you can't taste it, a little too much and you can ruin the entire dish. Remember the three A's when using praise with children. Number one is appropriate. Appropriate praise means that you are really looking at the process of what a child is doing, not just the product. You are looking at the effort, creativity and how much a child values the process and not only what they are putting out. The second A is for amount. It needs to be a sprinkle of praise and not too much. Children soon become immune to all the watered down praise if they are hearing it too much. The last A is for authentic. It really needs to come from deep down and that you are delivering the praise, not that it is a mundane thing.

Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP Parent Educator, shares expert advice for parents on how to praise your kids most effectively, including the best way how and how often to praise them

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Dana Entin, RN, MN, PNP

Parent Educator

Dana is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been teaching parenting classes for the past 10 years. She understands that all families are unique, but believes that children thrive with healthy values, discipline, respect, and an environment where parents understand normal development and are open and excited about their role as a parent. Dana is a true advocate for children and parents alike. Today’s parents are inundated with blogs, books and boatloads of people telling them what to do.  Dana uses her advanced practice nursing background to help parents better understand research and information pertaining to parenting.

Dana has written many articles, lectures, and does private and small group consultations. She has completed a parent handbook on discipline and is currently working on a new book. 

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