Nice Parents More Likely to Improve Their Children’s Grades This Fall -- Changing Feedback from Negative to Positive Shows Real Results

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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.

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Nice Parents More Likely to Improve Their Children’s 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.

“Why aren’t you studying?” “A C is unacceptable.” Comments like these are three times more common than praise statement like, “You did a great job in science class” or “If you keep trying this hard, nothing but good things can happen.”

“It’s sounds so simple it seems unbelievable,” Connellan says. “But the research doesn’t lie. Giving positive feedback three times for every example of negative feedback actually changes behavior.”

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. “Three to one is a huge step in the right direction,” 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.

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