The Power of Praise

Ever notice at the end of a busy day it seems like all you’ve said to your children is “no, stop, don’t do that….” We’ve all been there. We naturally focus on the negative and work to correct it while not recognizing positive behavior. I challenge you to spend a day and shift your focus to what your children are doing well. And then tell them about it! “Thank you for unloading the dishwasher!” “You were so kind to share with your brother!” “Your hugs make my heart happy!” “You worked so hard on that school project!” I can almost guarantee by the end of the day your kids will feel more motivated to keep engaging in positive behavior, you’ll feel uplifted and view your kids in a more positive light, and the atmosphere at home will be lighter.

-Jaime Hudson, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LifeScape