It is often told that parents should not compare their children with other children or insult them. And now it has come that praising your children can improve their behavior and also boost their well-being.
“Praising a child is a simple act. Improved behaviour and wellbeing can result simply from ensuring that a child’s positive actions are rewarded with praise and parents are seen to be observing their good behaviour,” said Sue Westwood from De Montfort University in the UK.
About 38 parents with children aged between two and four years volunteered for the research. The study was four-week period in which the Parents had to fill the questionnaire in order to assess the behavior and well-being when they were given suggested how to praise their child effectively.
Those parents who offered their child five pieces of praise each day when they found their child’s good behavior, saw an improvement in the child’s well-being when compared to a control group.
This in turn resulted in improved behavior and decreased levels of hyperactivity and inattention.
“Following the five praises initiative led to improved behaviour as well as reduced levels of hyperactivity across just a four week period,” said Westwood.
“This simple, cost effective intervention shows the importance of effective parental praise and, when used on a regular basis, it has been shown to have a significant impact,” she said.