4. Praise Their Hard Work
We all think our kids are the most amazing people in the world, but it isn’t always best to tell them that. Instead, if you want your child to be happy, it is better to praise their hard work.
“It’s better to focus on effort and the action your baby is doing. ‘You worked hard on that,’ versus ‘You’re so good at that,’” says Stanford psychology professor Carol S. Dweck. Praising your child’s efforts, even when they aren’t perfect, will make them feel good about themselves and boost their self-confidence.