How to Give Positive Praise to Teens

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How to Give Positive Praise to Teens

Step 1:

If your teenager does poorly on a school test, do not express your disappointment, shame or anger.


Step 2:

Instead, ask you teenager if she thinks that there is a reason behind the poor score, and if there is anything that you or her teacher can do to help.


Step 3:

Acknowledge your teenager's good behaviour, well-written school papers and overall effort.


Step 4:

Suggest ways that your teenager can improve a fault, but don't say it judgmentally.


Step 5:

Support and offer understanding for your teenager, even if her performance does not always meet with your expectations.


Step 6:

Appropriate praise will encourage your teenager to do better; and show you understand her imperfections.