The effects of praise: 7 evidence-based tips for using praise wisely

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© 2019 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What are the effects of praise? It depends. Praise can boost good feelings and increase motivation. It can inspire children to be more cooperative, persistent, and hard-working. But some kids bristle in response to praise, and even those who like praise can experience negative effects. Here’s how Read More »

The permissive parenting style: Does it ever benefit kids?

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© 2019 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Some studies have linked the permissive parenting style with optimal child outcomes. But the results depend on how researchers define “permissive.” Kids don’t benefit when parents ignore anti-social behavior. But being supportive of autonomy? That’s different. Studies suggest that kids thrive when parents are less bossy and punitive, and more Read More »

Positive parenting tips: Getting better results with humor, empathy, and diplomacy

Example of positive parenting - mother and child discovering something together during lunch (the sounds of chewing)

© 2018 GWEN DEWAR, PH.D., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Who needs positive parenting tips? What’s the fuss about, anyway? Positive parenting means slightly different things to different people. But the core idea might be summed up this way: Positive parenting emphasizes warm, positive family interactions, and guides children by rewarding and reinforcing their better impulses.  The Read More »

The authoritative parenting style: An evidence-based guide

Authoritative parenting style in action: Mother talking sensitively to young child

© 2010 – 2017 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What is authoritative parenting? The authoritative parenting style is an approach to child-rearing that combines warmth, sensitivity, and the setting of limits. Parents use positive reinforcement and reasoning to guide children. They avoid resorting to threats or punishments. This approach is common in educated, middle Read More »