Why not praise?
Praise is a verbal reward. Praise creates unhelpful competition. Praise is earned by being superior to overcome an inferiority complex. Praise is judgemental.
Encouragement is the key to children's resilience.
Encouragement emphasises effort and improvement. Encouragement fosters independence. Encouragement deveops self-esteem. Encouragement builds self-respect.
(Based on Bettner and Lew 1996)