Q:

I am always nagging my child about what he does wrong at school. How can I change myself into a positive parent that emphasizes his strengths rather than his weaknesses? -- Need to Change

A:

A change would definitely be beneficial to your son. Young children thrive on praise and encouragement, and it is important for them to receive it from both parents and teachers.

When your son comes home from school, look over his papers and focus on some positives. Look for something that he has done well and offer authentic praise for this work. If you see errors, instead of nagging about them, work with him to correct them.

Also think about what you consider success. Is your definition too narrow? Is there some area in which he is excelling? If so, concentrate your praise in this area.

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