As a reader of this blog, you are likely aware that we are big believers in praising children, especially when using labelled praises. You might be less aware that experts have debated the effects that praise may have on children for decades. Research shows that praise positively affects children, including improving behaviour, motivation, and academic … Continue reading Praising children: ‘To praise’ or ‘not to praise’ is not the right question || Elogiar a los niños: ‘Elogiar’ o ‘no elogiar’ no es la pregunta correcta.
Sound sensitivity refers to a decrease in sound tolerance to normal environmental sounds (e.g., vacuuming, blending, coffee machine, hand dryers). While sound sensitivity in adults, also known as hyperacusis, is rare, you may need to see a health professional for treatment. It is not uncommon for young children to react to loud noises (e.g., crying, … Continue reading Sound sensitivity in children || Sensibilidad al ruido en los niños.
Playing with building blocks has many benefits, including improving abstract thought, symbolic representation, understanding of rules, and spatial awareness (1, 2). Building block play also requires gross and fine motor skills (involves coordination of large and small body movements) and is a fun activity for children, especially if their parents play with them. It is … Continue reading Building block play || Juego con bloques de construcción
What is praise? Praise is an expression of approval for something or someone. There are two different types of praises: General praise and labelled praise (also often referred to as behaviour specific praise). General praise does not specify the desired behaviour that led to the praise . Examples of general praise include “good job”, “excellent … Continue reading Why we love labelled praise || Por qué amamos los elogios etiquetados
Labelled praise Children crave attention, especially from their parents. They therefore tend to engage in behaviors that they find result in the most attention from their parents, sometimes these behaviors can be inappropriate/undesirable behaviors (e.g., banging objects until mum/dad pays attention to them, pulling leaves of beloved plants). Inappropriate/undesired behaviors are not easy to ignore … Continue reading Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados
Puzzles are a new obsession in our household; we now have a whole collection of toddler- and preschool-age-appropriate puzzles (and nowhere to store them). Puzzles are a great way to keep your child occupied and give them a sense of accomplishment once they get the hang of the process of completing a puzzle. Scientific research … Continue reading Playing with Puzzles || Jugando con rompecabezas
We often think about the behaviours we want our children to do less off (e.g., throwing, arguing, screaming), and agonise over how to reduce those behaviours. We forget to consider the behaviours we want our children to engage in more. Thinking about behaviours you want your children to do more off will help you notice … Continue reading Praising prosocial behaviours || Elogio de los comportamientos prosociales
Doing grocery shopping (or any shopping) with a toddler/s can be challenging and it may be of no surprise that you may be saying things like “stop touching that”, “put that back”, or “no you can’t have that”. Shopping with a toddler/s doesn’t always have to be stressful and there are some strategies you can … Continue reading Shopping with toddlers… because sometimes you have to… || Ir de compras con niños pequeños… porque a veces no hay otra opción…
Children engage in behaviours, that adults might not like, for a variety of reasons, some of these are: Makes them feel good (e.g., eating, playing)Curiosity (e.g., they want to know what is in a hole, so they put their hands in it; they want to know what a leaf tastes like, so they lick it)The … Continue reading Simple strategies improve child behaviour || Estrategias simples mejoran el comportamiento de los niños
Engaging in art and craft activities with young children is great fun but, for some, it can also be stressful. Especially when adults have an idea of how they want the children to engage in the activity and the children don’t want to comply. When ever I find myself frustrated with an activity that my … Continue reading Praising while engaging in art and craft activities || Elogiar mientras participan en actividades artísticas y manualidades.
Start early and praise, praise, praise Teaching children to help with household chores is something that a lot of parents put off until their child is “old enough”. What is considered “old enough” varies from culture to culture but often is when children are in late childhood or early adolescents. Though when children reach this … Continue reading How to get kids to help with household chores || Cómo hacer que los niños ayuden en las tareas del hogar
Below is a list of behaviors children engage in at day care/preschool/school along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. We have also previous outlined some behaviours along with praises that can be used at day care/preschool/school in the following blog post: What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school. Turning in workI’m impressed that you’ve turned … Continue reading Praising children at day care/preschool/school ||Elogiar a los niños en la guardería / preescolar / escuela