There’s nothing better than when someone else catches your kids doing something nice and then tells you about it.
If you have kids like mine, you’ve probably gotten a bit of negative feedback over the years. (Especially if you have boys like mine — or maybe even just boys in general). There have been phone calls about hitting on the playground, report cards pointing out the need for better behavior in class, friends moms’ reluctantly informing of poor sportsmanship on a playdate and even a call from a classmate’s father about inappropriate language used with his daughter.
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad for this feedback and take each case seriously — discussing with my kids what is appropriate and what is not and how we expect them to behave. But sometimes I start to wonder if my kids are doing anything right.
That’s why positive feedback, no matter how trivial, means so much.