The Language of Encouragement
Encouraging words for children will help them to thrive in all areas of their development.
They help children understand themselves and how their unique abilities help them to be successful at certain tasks. Words of encouragement are also a wonderful way to help build a child’s self-esteem, as well as their individual identity.
Positive words are an essential source of guidance to young children and teenagers alike. They help to provide internal motivation and persistence when learning.
People of all ages often recall positive words of encouragement for many years, if not a lifetime!
Here are some examples:
- ‘Thank you for being patient at the store.’
- ‘You look like you are feeling proud of yourself for fixing that.
- ‘You seem to like that.’
- ‘How do you feel/think about it?’
- ‘What do you think should happen?’
- ‘What would you do (think/feel) if _______________?’
- ‘You can do it!’
- ‘Thanks, that helped me a lot.’
- ‘I need to plan the shopping list and I would love to hear your ideas.’
- ‘You really worked hard on that.’
- ‘You’re getting better at __________’
- ‘It didn’t work out the way you expected.’
- ‘You don’t know how to do it YET, but keep at it. You’ll get it.’
- ‘I noticed that when you tried _________________, it seemed to work better.’
- ‘Oops – you dropped the ball, that’s okay, let’s try again.’
- ‘I know you’re scared of the thunder. Let’s snuggle up and look at this book about storms.’
- ‘Maybe we’ll find out why they’re so noisy.’
- ‘Good morning Sweetie, I’m happy to see you!’
- ‘That was fun! Let’s play that game together again soon.’
- ‘Goodnight, I sure enjoyed my day with you.’
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