Post-its of Praise: A Simple and Dynamic Way to Connect


Post-it notes are a common tool in homes, schools, and workplaces. They can add a thought or information to a document without doing any damage, are great for compiling to-do lists, help with keeping track of ideas in a small group, or remind you to do a specific task. The list of uses for Post-its is endless. But Post-it notes can also be a tool in making or deepening connection between two people at home, in the classroom, or in the workplace.  

Recently my daughter created an inspiration gallery in her bedroom. It consists of a wide range of items: some pieces of her artwork, treasures she has created, prize stickers, lucky charms and of course, some Post-its of Praise. The Post-its she has chosen to include on her wall have various affirmations written down on them, mostly two to three words or a small phrase that praise and inspire her. She has been the recipient of Post-its of Praise – sweet little notes of affirmation – from some of the adults in her life, and I know from our personal experience that these short messages of celebration can have a big impact.

Post-it’s of Praise can be a dynamic way for people in leadership roles to connect and create positive momentum with both kids and adults. Positive notes have the ability to make a big impact on a small scale, without taking a lot of time.

Here are some of the reasons why you should start using Post-its of Praise at home, in the classroom, and in your workplace:

1. Words Have Meaning

With a Post-it you can see the actual handwriting of someone who took the time to give you feedback. This can help build an instant connection – a one-on-one relationship – both quickly and easily. These positive affirmations are readily accepted by our brains, and can instantly cause feelings of pride and joy.  

2. Recognition Breeds Success 

Humans are relational beings – we want to feel more connected to one another, and are born with an innate desire to feel like we matter.  In our society of noise, I feel like we are all in need of hearing more of the positive things that we do, rather than focusing on what we need to be better at! John Gottman, a relationship expert and author, has said that it takes 5 positive interactions to counter every negative one shared between two individuals. Post-it’s are a unique, simple and fast way to make people feel appreciated, which also means they feel – and do – better.  

3. Inspiring Others

What kind of approach or mindset do you want to set at home or in the classroom or at work? Positive affirmations for a well done job, or even just finding something to celebrate, creates momentum. Sometimes the proof is in the Post-it! You do care. I am rocking this. We will get through it together. That speech was solid! Don’t give up. Excellent job! Nice work transitioning. Giving compliments and kind words are a great practice, and it can all start with you.

4. Praise Doesn’t Have to Be Public

How do you feel when you get an unexpected text message or handwritten note from someone you haven’t heard from in a while? My guess is, very special! That’s because positive feedback cultivates kindness and understanding, which are all things good leaders practice and encourage. Whether you are a leader in the professional or personal area of your life, taking the time to write a positive note shows that you lead from a place of compassion and not harshness.

5. Easily Transportable – and Fun!

Post-it’s now come in every color of the rainbow, are easily accessible and affordable, and can usually be found at any office or school. They are not cumbersome to carry around, and can even fit in your pocket! Placed on a mirror, a desk, in a book, or on someone’s computer, they do no damage and can easily be re-posted anywhere the recipient chooses.   

If you are coaching someone, teaching a child, or even in a transition during your parenting journey (as we almost always are!) – why not try adding a Post-it of Praise? It’s a small, quiet way for someone to receive a big, encouraging message – and it will make you feel good too. 

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When I was 12, I received a coveted writing award at my 8th grade graduation. So right about now my 12 year old self is super pumped to be writing for Seacoast Moms! Writing loads of poetry helped get me through many challenges as a preteen. Even as a poet, I also write in advocacy and about deeper challenges as a parent and as a woman. Expressing my feelings and writing about what I've learned while becoming a grown up may hopefully be relatable to others. In college I was set on a law career but took one intro to education class and fell in love. I received my Master's in Education from Lesley College through a life changing program called "Art Integration in the Classroom". During my years teaching 4th grade, I also coached for The Girls on the Run program and witnessed the importance of extracurricular activities, teamwork and movement for children. Once my daughters came along, I made the tough decision to pause my career and focus on motherhood. I became the organizer of my family (and chaos) as a stay-at-home mama. The trick I found to support my extrovert passionate personality was to not "stay-at-home". My children and I quickly became involved with our community in Portsmouth, NH. I suddenly found myself as a master non-profit volunteer, becoming skilled at event planning and fundraising and eventually social media marketing and management. I helped lead a nature playground committee at our local school which successfully raised tens of thousands of dollars over several years. Within our PTA, I've planned many events and led our group members to think of outside of the box while using ways to connect with the community and secure sponsorship for The Ecology School Fund as well as The Nature Playground Fund. I've dived in to Social Media management promoting kindness, connection and celebration. Motherhood has found me coaching a youth sport that I knew nothing about, navigating the health and special education field for both my daughters and advocating for enhancing special education and for invisible disabilities such as Dyslexia and PANS/PANDAS awareness. Over the last 12 years as a Seacoast Mom the one thing that I've learned is that kindness can go a long way and that you truly never know what another mom or family could be dealing with. So offer a helping hand when you can, a compliment or an unexpected smile. It can and will change someone's life. I like to speak up when it's important and believe we should skip the small talk and get to the grit of life. I love my family, friends and community fiercely.


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