Praise the action, not the individual

Want your tinybean to seek out challenges and learn how to deal with setbacks?
Experts say that praising a child’s specific behaviors, rather than their innate characteristics, can have a big impact on their mindset and future motivation.

Retire phrases like, “You’re so smart” and “Good job!”

Instead, compliment their efforts: “You worked really hard on that puzzle” or “I liked the way you kept trying.”

Kids who hear their hard work applauded tend to believe that their abilities can grow with effort; they’ll welcome challenges instead of worrying about losing a label of “smart” or “great.”

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