Picture this: Your child runs into the room, elated to show you the results of her latest math test – 100%! A perfect score! “Great job!” You say, giving a high five. “You’re so smart!”
Seems like a pretty typical scenario, right? We know that encouragement, as in the scenario above, is hugely important for kids’ development, and in all likelihood you’ve probably had a similar exchange with your own kids at some point. While it is important to praise kids for their accomplishments, what many of us may not have considered is the way in which we praise kids. As it turns out, the words we use to encourage children can have a profound effect on them both now, and in the future.