Praise is a powerful pedagogical strategy for communicating with young children as it can reinforce positive attributes and behaviours. However, there is a flip side to this argument. As children value the opinion of adults so highly, frequent evaluative comments, even when positive, can foster undue dependence on the external judgement of others, causing children to devalue their own perceptions about their competence and capabilities. This article is useful for both educators and parents in reflecting on the type of praise given to children and includes practical examples of genuine praise.
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