Encouragement comes when you focus on your child’s assets and strengths in order to build his/her self-confidence. It comes from seeing the positive.
Even failures can be outstanding learning experiences. Encouragement sounds like this, “I like the way that you did that,” or “I know that you can do it,” or, “It looks like you worked very hard at that.”
Some times, children know that something is wrong with their work, and they want their parents to tell them how to fix it. If they are looking for help, this is the time to show them a better way without belittling them. Always look for the positive and encourage it first. The negatives should be played down and given in a spirit of advice, not criticism. If parents belittle, criticize, and make fun of their work, they will lose this confidence. It is the parents’ responsibility to fan the flames of their children’s enthusiasm, not to put out the fire.