Step Teach How to Encourage

Good sports and good losers support and encourage each other. One way to help your kid be more encouraging is to teach the Two Praise Rule.The rule is simple: you must praise your peers at least twice before the event ends. Discuss a few encouraging comments or actions so he has a beginning repertoire—for example, "Great song," "Super," "Smart answer,""Good argument,""Good performance," and giving high fives. Continue to expand the list as opportunities materialize. Then suggest he practice the rule at any group activity—a team game, a scout meeting, a friend's house, school, as well as at home.

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