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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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6 Responses to “The Language of Encouragement”

  1. Omkalthoum says:

    Thank you! you remind me the great and joyful time when my kids were young 🙂 I used most of those tips and my favorite it one is that if somebody else did it, YOU can do it too.

  2. Omkalthoum says:

    Thank you! you remind me the grate and joyful time when my kids are young:) I used most of those tips and my favorite it one is ( if somebody else did it, YOU can do it).

  3. Victoria says:

    Great examples everyone needs encouragement.

  4. Melodie says:

    Those are some wonderful examples!! I’ll be sure to keep those in mind!

  5. Teresa says:

    Great tips!! Such a great reminder to hear and say positive words of encouragement

  6. Nadia says:

    Great tips like always! Everyone needs to hear positive words at all ages.

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