Award Certificates Build Self-Esteem

One way of helping children build and grow self-esteem is to reward them for their achievements as often as possible. Geographics Award Certificates are a fine and affordable way to do just that. Add the certificates and foil seals to your family toolkit and start expressing healthy doses of appreciation for your children and other family members.

Kids need to feel acknowledged for who they are and recognized for their strengths, knowledge or skills. These are undeniable human needs. Regardless of age, people need to feel “seen”, appreciated and valued. This is even more crucial for children. It is a fact that a child who grows up feeling appreciated, loved and supported will become a confident, stable and mature adult.

Set up a strategy. Plan on how often to reward your children, what kind of behaviors you want to encourage in them, or achievements to acknowledge, etc. Ideally, you want to encourage good behavior and award them with a diploma or Award Certificate regularly, perhaps once a week or once a month.

The key is to be intentional, credible and relevant. Start by holding a family meeting and tell kids that, for the next few months, you will award them for things that you are listing – to be in plain sight – the fridge would be a great place for it. The list could include being organized and keeping the space clean and orderly, completing homework in time and well, helping with chores, being on good behavior for a specific amount of time (increase it slowly until they get in the habit), getting good results in school, showing courage by getting over something they fear, etc.

This exercise shouldn’t become a competition between siblings but a way for everyone to feel appreciated for what is unique about them, for creating good habits and overcoming obstacles, trying out new things and growing into healthy and successful teenagers and adults.

You can award children for things like:
– Helping a younger sibling with homework – you could set up a monthly “Family Helper Award”;
– Making an effort to improve in a subject that they have difficulties with – like spending an extra 10 minutes every evening working on the subject, Hard Work Award
– Being organized – going to bed and waking up at the right time each day;
– Cleaning their room and keeping it organized for a week;
– Showing courage by raising their hand in class, expressing themselves in polite ways, etc

You could have a conversation with your children’s teachers and craft a strategy together, looking at reinforcing strengths and improving weaknesses. They will certainly appreciate your involvement and welcome the partnership.

Focus on what matters most and update the goals in your strategy, as kids develop new skills and behavior.

You can order affordable, high quality Printable Award Certificates from Geographics. Choose between classic designs like the best seller Optima Gold Award Certificate or more playful School Certificates like the Chalkboard School Certificate.

To print them easily or for for inspiration and ideas, search Geographics Free Templates, Clip art and Wording.
Encourage children to show off their most precious awards by hanging them on a wall in their room or set up a Family Award Wall, check out the Frames & Plaques for Certificates and Awards section.

Take this to work, with employees if you have a managerial role, or at school if you are a teacher.

Award Certificates and Happiness

 

 

 

You may wonder if there is a connection between award certificates and happiness. We  kicked-off this week with International Day of Happiness and it got us thinking about what makes people happy. Regardless of what people might say when asked what makes them happy, there is now an abundance of studies linking happiness with gratitude.

For example, psychology researcher Robert Emmons showed that expressing gratitude positively impacts our social performance but also our health – he found that people who regularly list things they are grateful for are more self-confident, more active and respond better to stress.

Actively and consciously looking at things we are grateful for helps us feel less frustrated, more positive while also helping us stay open and improving our relationships with others. With our love of both paper and creativity, we think that a good way to show gratitude is using award certificates. Recognizing someone’s merits is a way of saying thank you for your work, or for who you are.

How to show gratitude and build up your happiness muscles:

Use certificates to show appreciation for the important people in your life. Start a tradition of family awards, award your children for being hard working, improving a skill or overcoming a fear. Geographics.com offers a great selection of Printable Award Certificates and Seals you can use along with many Templates, Clip Art and Wording. Kids can award their grandparents or parents. Think about giving the Best Mom Award on Mother’s Day or the Best Dad Award for Father’s Day.

Don’t be shy to practice gratitude in the office. Studies have shown that people who feel appreciated are more productive, have lower stress levels and are generally more satisfied at work. So why not make it a habit to thank people for their contribution? All you need to do is grab your favorite Geographics Certificates along with a matching Document Cover. In the month of December, make a list of things you can award people for – being hard working, conscientious, a pleasure to be with, finishing a project ahead of schedule, completing important projects, bringing in a new                                                                             major client, being proactive or creative, supporting others, etc.

Start a gratitude journal. Every evening, before going to sleep, take 5 – 10 minutes to list a few things you are grateful for. Keep it simple but consistent – you can be grateful for a great achievement at work but also for finding time to grab coffee with a good friend or a nice dinner with your family. This works wonderfully with kids also and the sooner they learn to express gratitude, the more natural it will feel and the happier they will be. To make the process more pleasant and to add an element of creativity, you can use your favorite Design Paper to make your daily gratitude list. Keeping a journal helps a lot. Finding at least three things that you can be grateful for and writing them down can improve your overall well-being and health.

So, make gratitude a daily habit and take advantage of its results.

Make your own Award Ribbons

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Materials needed:

18″ of 1 1/2″ wide Blue Grosgrain ribbon

1 Pin back

1 Canning jar lid

1 8″ Royal Lace Medallion Doily

1 Sheet blue construction paper

12 Sticky back gold stars

Gold glitter fabric writer paint

Glue gun

Directions:

  1. Cut a 3″ circle out of the center of the round doily. Make a single cut through the remaining doily ring.
  2. Fan fold this remaining doily ring into 1″ sections, forming a pleated strip.
  3. Glue one end of doily to back of canning jar lid. Gradually gather and glue the doily strip around back edge of lid until the ends of doily strips meet. Allow 1 1/2″ of fan folded doily to extend from back of lid, creating award edging. (See photo)
  4. Please stars randomly on fan folded doily.
  5. Cut 2 1/8″ circle from construction paper and print ” World’s Best Kid” in center. Glue to center of canning jar lid. You can trace our pattern below, or write your own message.
  6. Cut 2-8″ lengths from Grosgrain ribbon and glue one end of each to back of award, so ribbons extend from bottom of award. “V” cut ends ribbons.
  7. After practicing with fabric paint writer you may print your “Best Kid’s” name one on of the ribbons, using photo guide for placement.
  8. Glue pin to back center of award.

Make these awards for any accomplishments that your child achieves. From a good grade at school to learning to ride a bike!

It’s a wonderful way to show that all these important moments are meaningful.

Your child can make one of these award for Dad on Father’s Day, or for a friend or brother or sister.

Let us know how your project came out. Get your Royal Lace Paper Doilies, Today!

Personalize Your Award Certificates

Certificate of Participation GeographicsAward Certificates like Certificates of Participation or Achievement Certificates and Diplomas are fun and easy to make from your home or office. Graduation is approaching with fast steps. It’s time to thing of a fast and easy solution to print your Graduation Stationery fast and easy and to get outstanding results.
Geographics has lots of free templates that allow you to choose the appropriate certificate format and make small changes like adding name and award, changing date and signatures. Furthermore, you are always free to add your own embellishments by hand after your certificates are printed.

You can print certificates and diplomas like a pro with little effort and add that personal touch that will make your award recipients feel all the more honored.
All that is required to make a certificate of participation or of achievement or a diploma is a set of printable certificates, a computer and a printer.

Printable certificates are available both online and at office stores.  Online shopping offers you a greater selection of certificate designs to choose from.  Parchment certificates with colored borders that range from gold foil, silver foil, blue, gold, green, burgundy and sometimes black or colorful, imprinted on fine parchment paper, are great for printing formal certificates for high school  diplomas, business and volunteer certificates, etc…

If you are making more casual awards, such as for parties or lighthearted events, non-parchment certificates come in a wide array of colors as well as themed designs for many occasions.  School and sports printable certificates are perfect as school and sports awards, diplomas and certificates of participation to be presented to children.

For a full set of award certificate kits are the perfect fit. Get certificates, foil seals, document covers and ribbons or other embellishments, in one pack. It save your time, it’s more elegant and it’s cheaper.

You can print a certificate of participation, of achievement or a diploma in many ways. However, going  digital is the most efficient way to do it, particularly if you are printing certificates for a large number of people.  If you are using standard 8.5”x11” size certificates, you can easily create your own template in Microsoft Word. Simply orient your page and align your text as desired, and then type your message and feel free to add digital embellishments such as clip art or a logo. Using Geographics free certificate template, removes the step of preparing your layout and helps you finish faster.
If you want the highest level of customization, using a design program is your best bet. The free IClickn’Print Design Center, created by Geographics as an upgrade to Word certificate and diploma templates, offers a slew of ready-made, customizable certificate and diploma templates for all occasions and events, free clip art and more. If you use the IClicknmerge module you can import a large number of names and award descriptions in the pre-set text boxes. Then, you can print and save your certificate templates for future use.

Designing personalized certificates of participation, achievement and more or diplomas for school, business, charities and more is an easy and meaningful way to reward effort, talent and commitment while saving time and money.

Make Your Own Sports Award Certificates to Honor Students

Sports Award Certificates GeographicsIf your family members, friends, or students deserve recognition for skill in sports, sports award certificates are inexpensive, personalized gifts that can encourage your honorees to keep striving for achievement.  The best part is that you can easily and quickly make them your home or office using a computer and printer.

Sports award certificates can be made using a variety of printable certificates.  Some factors you may want to take into consideration are the age of your recipient, the formality of the award ceremony, your recipient’s stylistic preferences etc.  For example, if your students are young children, using printable sports certificates will add a fun mood to your awards.  If your ceremony is more formal, and/or for older children or teenagers, using parchment certificates with a traditional filigree or foil border will add a sense of significance to the award.

Printable certificates for sports awards are most commonly 8.5”x11” letter size.  As a result, creating and printing your awards using your home or school office equipment is super easy.  If you like the idea of making your design from scratch, you can do so simply using a word processing program.  For instance, to make a traditional certificate, all you need to do is set your page layout with the Landscape orientation and type your message in the desired font(s).  For an extra personal touch, you can import your own digital images and clip art.

Templates and design software can be convenient tools in a number of ways when designing and printing custom sports award certificates.  In many cases, you can find certificate & award templates free to download online from stationery websites, so they are great tools to use on a budget.  Downloadable templates can come in many formats depending on the source, but one example is the MS Word template.  The templates open in a word processing program and may feature textboxes and similar guides which help you create your layout and print your project.  Design software, such as the iClickn’Print Design Center offered by Geographics.com, will typically feature more advanced style options as well as easy-to-use pre-made templates.  No matter your design needs, there are many choices of design tools out there to help you create a memorable sports award for any recipient.

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Making your own sports award certificates gives you the power to create awards that personally convey your pride and appreciation for your honorees.  DIY with printable certificates and save!