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That's Terrific!

Target Words

excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, outstanding, perfect, super, superb, stupendous, terrific, unique




  1. Giving sincere compliments is a great way to build your child's self-esteem. It is best to make your compliments specific. Tell your child exactly why you think his or her work or behavior is so terrific. For example, you might say: "Those mud pies are spectacular. Each one is unique! I really like the way you used pebbles as decorations. You did a fantastic job."
  2. You can also have fun playing around with elaborate compliments. For example, you might say, "We are extraordinary bed makers! Just look at this bed! Excellent corners. The plump pillows are outstanding. I have never seen a more perfectly-made bed."


Listen for other words (on television, in books, in conversations) that mean "really, really good," and use them in conversations with your child. Feel free to be dramatic and silly! "I think that sounds fabulous, amazing, superb..."

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