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By now you know the power of positive feedback with kids. Not only does it build self-esteem, but it encourages ongoing good behavior.
Today, I want to talk about the flipside of giving positive feedback to kids…namely, sharing positive feedback with parents.
It seems that, for the most part, teachers only contact parents when a child is misbehaving. And sometimes this is done without consideration of what the repercussions might be for the child at home. For example, a child might be grounded or otherwise punished for the bad report….Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t contact parents when a child is exhibiting serious behavior issues. Just that you should be aware that parents aren’t generally thrilled when a bad report comes home and you should be mindful before contacting them.
That being said, for any child–but particularly your kids who are prone to negative reports–it’s good to make a practice of going out of your way to let the parents know when their child is doing a good job, too.
Not only is it fair, not only does it further boost a child’s sense of pride and self-worth, but it can also have the long-term effect of improving overall behaviors in class.
Remember that kids seek attention–positive or negative, they just want it…and as much of it as they can get. If they get a lot of negative attention, they will continue their negative behaviors. But if they get a lot of positive attention, they will increase their positive behaviors…and they’ll do it ten times stronger than the negative ones. Why? Because though attention is attention, who wouldn’t rather have the good stuff than the bad?
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