Praising children effectively

August 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Praising children effectively, how do you do it? How can you help them thrive? Susan Kohl, a regular parenting columnist for Diablo Magazine and author of "The Best Things Parents Do," shares this advice.

Tips for praising children effectively

  • React with INTENSITY to positive behavior
  • Respond matter of factly to infractions
  • Notice even small efforts to be considerate or responsible
  • Comment when problem behaviors are not occurring
  • Praise children with detailed specifics

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For more information, visit bestthingsparentsdo.com

About Susan Kohl
Susan Isaacs Kohl has been collecting inspiring stories of parental growth and change for several decades. Her first book, The Inner Parent, co-authored with Marti Keller highlights the perspectives of real-world parents at various stages of development.

As a parent educator, seminar leader and author, Ms. Kohl encourages people to credit themselves for their learning and accomplishments as parents. She encourages parents to applaud their abilities to gain insight and develop the skills to bring out their children's best qualities.

Kohl wants to reverse our current tendencies to criticize parents and to use the stories she gathers to galvanize respect and support for the challenges people face. Susan Kohl has written five books for parents and numerous articles. She has also appeared on radio and TV including the Today Show. She has three children: Matthew, 33; Gabrielle 31 and Mari 25. Her two grandchildren, Malachi and Lila, attend the preschool she directs in Lafayette, California.

You can contact Susan Kohl at susie@springtide.org


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