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38. Positive parenting: the power of praise

We all need praise. We respond to positive feedback on our performance at work; we bask in compliments about our appearance. Teens need praise too!

Praise makes us all feel good and boosts our self esteem. It is even more crucial for the wellbeing of your teen who may be feeling insecure and inadequate.

Teenagers are often weighed down by the pressures of school work and from shifts and power struggles amongst their peers – and even their friends. Your daughter may be grumpy, moody and at times uncommunicative, but she needs your support and encouragement more than ever.

It’s easy to hand out negative attention to your teenager – nagging to get jobs done; complaining about the state of her room; ...

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