Whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, we all know that praise is often its own reward. The thought of praise can help the smallest child use the potty and the oldest of children study for a big test. Praise is powerful indeed.
But too often, we don't think about the best way to correct a child. Equally powerful is correction. When done compassionately and timely, correction by adults helps children to decipher right from wrong and to learn new skills. Done publically, correction demolishes self esteem and breaks trust.
It doesn't matter if I'm correcting an English paper for a student or agonizing over the neighbor trampling my rose bushes...I always do my best to follow the mantra: