I was told that I should encourage ten times more often than I correct a child. I was a single mother of three for sixteen years and I realize this is not always easy. You may have to think of particular ways to encourage, as each child is unique. Some like compliments, even crave them. Others are okay with a pat on the back. Still others may be embarrassed if attention is placed on them in front of their peers. As the parent you know your child.
Have a plan. Use language they understand. And above all-be sincere.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.