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"Encouraging Words for Kids" gives parents over 150 examples of phrases to say that inspire a child's confidence and self-motivation. Encouragement is about drawing forth a child's own drive to work hard and do what's right without being told; this book shows you how to get there. It is a guide that parents can turn to again and again whenever they need a dose of inspirati ...more
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Published October 2012
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A brief but useful guide if you could use some help figuring out how to encourage and support children without using rote, conditional phrases like "good job". These suggestions are about focusing on the child's view of their actions and accomplishments, and supporting growth and independence that is self-motivated rather than praise-motivated (intrinsic versus external motivation). The brevity makes it extra practical - it's simple to review it quickly when you need to, and there are a lot of s ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book provides a great reminder to focus on a child's behavior and actions by providing constructive feedback instead of spitting out overused comments like "good job" and "good boy." The author provides many examples of phrases to help parents shift their focus, however I found this to be a bit redundant by the end of the book. This is a quick read and helpful to get out of that habit of using phrases that give children empty praise.
Niesha Brown


This book helped me to see how encouraging your child instead of just giving them praise is entirely more meaningful. I always knew that but it spells it out and does it very simply.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me refine how I speak to my toddler. Many of the tips in here have helped defuse a situation, or keep one from occurring! It's brief and to-the-point and an easy read (I read it on a 30 minute train ride). Highly recommend for parents or parents-to-be!
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great little book about the importance of encouragement over praise. Gives many examples of exactly what to say to encourage kids in specific situations. Highly recommend for all parents and therapists who work with kids or parents.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great practical book on how to use positive discipline in parenting. Each chapter ends with a list of possible ways that a parent can communicate with their child in different situations.
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Kelly Bartlett is a parent educator and writer with a focus on child development, family relationships, and discipline. She holds a BA in biology and secondary education as well as two additional certifications as a parent educator with The Positive Discipline Association and a leader with Attachment Parenting International. Kelly’s articles have been published in parenting magazines all over the ...more

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“If all we ever offer is blanket praise without any meaning behind it, kids will always seek approval because they'll never feel satisfied. If we offer genuine encouragement for their accomplishments, they won't need our approval; they'll approve of themselves.” 5 likes
“Encouragement is about drawing forth a child’s potential. As we raise and educate our kids on how to be good people, how to work hard, and how to do the right thing, we must find ways to draw it out of them, as opposed to “filling them up” with our words and values.” 1 likes
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