What to Say Instead of "Good Job!"

What to Say Instead of "Good Job!"

Montessori PHRASES at home


“Good job!” is often a phrase we used when children have done something in the right manner. However, while children understand “good job” is a positive reward, it is not meaningful if they do not know what they are being praised for.


Instead of “good job,” we encourage praising the fact. If a child has helped with the dishes, we can say, “I am so happy you help with the dishes.” If a child has drawn a picture, instead of “good job,” we can say, “I love that you worked hard on your picture!” If a child has accomplished something, we can say, “I see you made so much effort on it and I am glad you did it.”


Praising the fact not only provides meaning to our responses to children, but also positively reinforces the behavior that we would love our children to continue.



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