Praising a child with challenging behaviour can be difficult.
I find praising difficult. It is one of the hardest things I find as a parent to do. It doesn’t come naturally to me. I never remember being praised by my parents, and this is where it stems from.
I really do try to praise, and I find it a lot easier to do this with the Toddler. For me, it seems that the older 2 is where I struggle with, although I know that they need praise just as much as the younger ones.
Praising Capt. Chaos is the most difficult of all.
With his ADHD and ODD comes a lot of challenging behaviour which can last for hours – by which time I am stressed beyond belief and praising is the last thing I want to do.
I know I need to make a more conscious effort to do this. Not just with Capt. Chaos, but with all the children.
On my fridge I have “Fifty Ways of Saying “Very Good”" which can help give me that visual booster to praise the children when they have done something good or helped me.
It also helps to give me a different way of saying the same word, as we all know that it can get a bit boring saying the same thing over and over again.
I was given this list by one of the Support Workers that run a support group I used to attend, and I want to share it with you to hopefully give you a few different ways of praising your children.
Please feel free to clink on the link and download the FREE printable list!