The Value of Praise

When working or being with children, praising the child, making them feel good about themselves is something nearly everybody does. So when I am working as a play therapist and I tell parents that I neither praise or blame the child, I can get a startled look. I think they completely agree with not blaming a child, as that is so detrimental to a child’s self esteem, but when it is such common practice to praise, it is bound to surprise parents. Yes, my work is about helping the child become more confident about who they are, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need praise to do that. I read a book many years ago, that has always left a mark on how I work with children. It was called ‘

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