PORTLAND, Ore. — We all love to be acknowledged when we do a good job, but research shows how you praise your kids can impact the way they learn.

Researchers looked at how parental praise during the toddler years affected kids when they were in fourth grade. 

Results showed parents who praised their toddlers were more likely to have fourth graders who believe hard work can improve intelligence.

The study also found these kids did better in math and reading comprehension.

So what type of praise should you give your child?

Experts say the best is something called "process praise," which means praising the effort instead of the person. 

For example, phrases like "I like how you tried" or "great catch" are better than "you're so smart" or "good boy." 

And it turns out past research suggests praising a person -- not an action -- can be a bad thing. 

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