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"Good Job" Alternatives

Lahiru Lakmal

Parents and teachers often say “good job” as an automatic response to a child’s action.

A “good job” now and then is fine, but it doesn’t help children understand why what they did was good. Preschoolers need to know what they did, why it worked, or why it shows they are capable.

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  • Lahiru Lakmal

    Actually, when I am with my nephews most of the time I would use "Good Job"! This article really helped me a lot with more meaningful alternatives. Only thing is that I tend to say "Good job" like unintentionally. :)

  • Liz Dwyer

    What I appreciate most about these 10 suggestions are that they turn the focus onto having authentic, specific conversations with children instead of simply regurgitating a generic, rote response.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    "Good job" is definitely overused by parents. That's the first thing I learned in my Early Childhood Development courses. The more we ask kids about what they're doing and why, and show what we notice about what they're doing, the more they'll know how to do a "good job" again.