Dr. Alexis L. Sawyer, M.D.
Praise is one of the most powerful tools parents can use to teach their children positive skills. Taking away privileges and giving time-outs can also be effective when correcting behavior; however, recognizing and praising improved and good behavior help to reinforce that behavior and lessens problematic behavior.
Using praise works well when it is given in an effective manner and when you remember to use it consistently and frequently.
There are three key steps to effective praise.