When we treat children with praise, it helps reinforce behavior that we value rather than focusing solely on outcome. Used in this way, praise becomes an exercise in right use of power through influence. Although written to provide support for parents and teachers, my most recent article on GoodTherapy.org illustrates why appreciation is a universally good skill to hone.
Please note: I am a regular contributor to GoodTherapy.org, an association of mental health professionals from over 30 countries worldwide who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy. GoodTherapy.org is ranked as one of the top therapist directories on the web.
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