Giving your child a compliment should be simple, but some young people have a tendency to take things the wrong way. To help your child understand when someone is genuinely admiring or praising them, share our Cracking Compliments video and action checklist with them.
Cracking Compliments video
Start with a conversation
Does your child and their friends often compliment or greet one another with comments based on appearance? Encourage them to use alternatives that don't focus on looks
Share this page and the Cracking Compliments video with them
Use them as a prompt to discuss the kinds of comments they find confusing or hurtful
Get their friends on board
Encourage them to share the resources with their friends to help them realize the power of their words and break the habit of commenting on appearance
- Discuss how the video made them feel. Can they see that what people say and mean are open to interpretation?
- Could they go a whole week without commenting on the way their friends look?
- Encourage your child to share the video with their friends and have the same conversation with them. Can they help their peer group focus their compliments on the things they truly value in one another?