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A List of Simple Ways to Praise Kids

Updated on August 12, 2009
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25 Ways to Say "Good Job"

  1. I am very proud of you!
  2. Good thinking!
  3. Congratulations!
  4. Excellent work!
  5. I'm impressed!
  6. Super!
  7. I like your way of thinking!
  8. Superb!
  9. Beautiful job!
  10. You've got the hang of it!
  11. What a great attempt!
  12. You are a star!
  13. I love it!
  14. This is awesome!
  15. Very imaginative!
  16. This is a perfect example!
  17. Well thought out!
  18. Way cool!
  19. Totally awesome!
  20. You stuck with it!
  21. You mastered it!
  22. Great try!
  23. Quick thinking!
  24. I really like that!
  25. Brilliant!

This list is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to give you some options beyond the standard, "Good job!" An important part in communicating praise, however, goes beyond the simple words. Always try to have direct eye contact with your kiddo while expressing these simple words of praise, for this is the connection to the heart. You will find that your child or student will take your words to heart when he is able to look into your eyes and see the espression of your honest validation.


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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece of advice. it all means the same thing. i am proud of you. great hub

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 7 years ago

      Awesome hub!

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      Carolyn 7 years ago

      It's important to praise, but I would add that it's even more important for the praise to be specific - e.g. You read that story with a strong voice, Your handwriting is getting much more even, you did an excellent job putting your toys away, etc. That way, the child knows what to repeat to get that praise again.

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      yyn1221 7 years ago from China

      This is a really good idea, I'm going to share this with my colleagues. Thanks.

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      Jenn 7 years ago from Florida

      It is so true Catlyn that we must praise our children. I think I did a little to much praising or something with my child. Now if I do not make much of a comment on something she has done, like if she has colored a picture and all I say is thats nice. She will say, what it is not beautiful? LOL..

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      Catlyn 7 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      I agree with you gree tea-cher - it is so important to praise kids for trying, even if they did not succeed. Kids need to know that learning is a process and it is not a bad thing to be wrong.

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      green tea-cher 7 years ago

      Good topic! I grew up in a loving household but I never received praise from my parents, only criticism. They didn't constantly criticize, but it was the only indication I had of whether my parents were satisfied with my efforts. As I was growing up I can remember wanting so much to be recognized for an accomplishment. I knew my parents were satisfied with things I had done because nothing negative was said about them. I still did well for myself, but I can remember many children that gave up trying because it seemed anything they did was never good enough. I vowed when I became a mother, that I would praise and encourage, not just criticize.

      At the same time, I don't think it is a good thing to praise children when they don't warrant praise. If they attempt something, even if they fail, they deserve praise for trying. If they don't make the attempt, they should not be praised simply because other children are being praised. Thanks for sharing.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Wonderful hub with great suggested ways to praise children!

      Children are the future. I always say that they "are little people." They need to be treated accordingly. The more you praise them the less you will have to discipline them.

      Thank you for sharing.


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      GiftedGrandma 8 years ago from USA

      It is sooo important to praise and encourage children..great hub

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! In the world of Special Education, these comments are our mantras!

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I like the way you think, I wish that you had been my kids teacher. I use these phrases myself, and wish that all adults thought like that, instead of tearing them down with negative comments. There is a way to praise and correct all at the same time, and I see you have mastered it, because you should always begin with praise.

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      guidebaba 9 years ago from India

      Good. I LIke and appreciate.

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      Julie A. Johnson 9 years ago from Duluth, MN

      Catlyn, It's so important to praise kids-- a great reminder. Thanks. I invite you to read my hub -"Important lessons I Learned from Children"; I think you'll apreciate it. Good work. Julie