In her post, Praise That Sticks: “I noticed . . .”, Beyond Just Mom suggests that praise that is given as an “I noticed” statement, rather than a direct compliment, resonates best with the child. She says, “We want to shape our praise so that (the child) responds internally with ‘I did a great job.’”
I’m not raising children any more, but this seems like good advice that is easily applied.
Let me know what you think.