Descriptive versus Evaluative Praise

The folks who research on praise would like parents and teachers to use descriptive praise and avoid evaluative praise when commenting on children’s behaviors, academics and athletics. What to Say and Why: Descriptive Praise Descriptive praise describes behavior and gives it a label. For behavior, this might be, “you handed a block, that was helpful,” or, … Continue reading Descriptive versus Evaluative Praise

Coaching: Encouraging Behavior Change a Few Minutes at a Time

I teach parenting workshops on positive discipline often. At least weekly, I am reviewing the language of I messages, empathy, positive intent, choices and natural and logical consequences. This language is meant to provide parents with a framework for managing children’s behaviors in the moment. It is a flexible and effective approach for shaping behaviors … Continue reading Coaching: Encouraging Behavior Change a Few Minutes at a Time