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10 Ways to Be a More Positive Parent

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Provide Specific Compliments

Make praise specific, descriptive and explicit. Instead of saying, "Great," say, "Tina, it's terrific that you remembered to clean your room before playing with your dolls." This meaningful feedback will nurture self-confidence.

Instead of emphasizing the end product—"What a beautiful picture"—focus on the process: "You put a lot of effort in your painting, especially with how you used the blue paint."