As a parent there is one area that I’m striving to be better at because I’ve seen just how much of an impact it has made in my children’s attitudes, personalities and self-esteem when I have focused on it. I’ve also noticed that it helps my children throughout their homeschool days as well!
Children often get told what they’ve done wrong and how they can do things better, but often children do not get praised for what they do well or how much they’ve improved.
Sometimes it may seem like our children can’t do anything right, but what we need to remember is that our children aren’t trying to upset us, make more work or disappoint us. In fact, they usually want to help and please us above all. In the midst of every day life and the messes our children create it can be difficult to remember this, but it is true. This is why it is so important for you and I to praise our children more often than we do now.
You may be wondering how can praising my children for completing daily tasks and chores help our homeschool?
The truth is that if our children are recognized for doing right and encouraged by us doing so, they will be more willing to get their school done each day.
I found myself wondering why my children were more focused and diligent during our homeschool days when I was consistently praising them. One day it finally hit me, they were more mentally, emotionally and physically rested because I took time to praise and encourage them.
Think about this for a moment, when you consistently fail or struggle with things and you don’t have any idea how to succeed nor do you see any end in sight, how do you feel? Personally, I do not handle failure well, I push myself to a breaking point to figure things out, but until I do I beat myself up and can’t sleep, which causes me to be exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically. It is just the same for my children…and for yours.
Our children need to know that everything they do is not wrong and that they don’t mess everything up. They need to know that we see the good things they do too! If we as parents are diligent in recognizing and acknowledging the positive in our children’s lives then it will make talking to and teaching about things they need to work on easier.
No one can handle feeling like and being told that they’re failing or messing up all the time. We need to praise our children to build them up, which will encourage them to try harder and do more – in every aspect of their life!
So, the next time your child takes their plate to the sink, say thank you or great job remembering to help clean up! During your next homeschool day take time to encourage them for completing their least favorite subject and see what a difference it makes in the rest of their day.
Praising our children needs to be more important than pointing out what they’ve done wrong again. It is more beneficial to teach our children to do right by praising them.
How do you ensure that you praise your kids for doing well?
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