(PRWEB) September 15, 2003
For Immediate Release
Michael R. Drew
Nice Parents More Likely to Improve Their ChildrenÂs Grades This Fall
Changing Feedback from Negative to Positive Shows Real Results
Santa Ana, California (PRWEB) September 15, 2003 - Most parents chastise their children for doing wrong far more often than they praise them for doing right. Simply changing this parental behavior can have stunning results on school performance.
According to Thomas K. Connellan, PhD., most parents give negative feedback three times as often as positive feedback.
ÂWhy arenÂt you studying?Â ÂA C is unacceptable.Â Comments like these are three times more common than praise statement like, ÂYou did a great job in science classÂ or ÂIf you keep trying this hard, nothing but good things can happen.Â
ÂItÂs sounds so simple it seems unbelievable,Â Connellan says. ÂBut the research doesnÂt lie. Giving positive feedback three times for every example of negative feedback actually changes behavior.Â
In his latest book, Bringing Out the Best in Others! 3 Keys for Business Leaders, Educators, Coaches, and Parents (Bard Press, Feb. 2003), Connellan say that a four to one ratio, or even five to one is better, but that achieving those numbers is probably too much to ask at the outset. ÂThree to one is a huge step in the right direction,Â Connellan admits.
Thomas K. Connellan, PhD., is a New York Times best-selling author, former Program Director and Research Associate on the University of Michigan Business School faculty and an advisor to Dell, Marriott, the Air Force Academy, GE, Sony, and Neiman Marcus.