"Wow you just rolled over!" "Look at you sitting up!" "Great job walking, you can do it!" "You can do it, keep going!" "Good job going potty!" "You were so close, keep trying." "I'm so proud of you!" We encourage our child in many ways, and it starts when they're so little. We praise them for the little things, because to them it's a big moment. And oh the look on their face when they know you're happy with what they did! :)
But when they turn that same encouragement on us, it's just hilarious.
"Good job going potty mommy!"
"Daddy, this dinner was so yummy."
"Mommy good job opening the yogurt. Keep doing it just like that."
"That was a great idea to buy me this toy Daddy."
"I'm so proud of you for not yelling mommy."
And the list keeps going.....
We encourage to teach them. They encourage to learn. To learn how to encourage, what to say, how to tell someone that they're proud of them.
Their encouragement may be funny and it might be over something simple but it can show us that we're doing something right, even if it's just going to the potty.