By Alison Ferguson Mays | “Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole room full of possibilities.” ~ Gary Smalley |
Praise and encouragement are the most important things you can share with a child. Making positive interactions a parenting “habit” will do wonders in building your child’s self-esteem. Here is a list of simple phrases that you can easily incorporate into your family conversations to encourage your child:
I can tell you worked so hard on this!
Great job, kiddo!
Wow, I am impressed.
I love when you teach me things!
What a great plan.
You are such a good friend to __________.
You worked that out all on your own!
I would really like to hear what you think about __________.
I like how you ____________.
I am so proud of you!
I knew you could do that on your own.
Go get ‘em!
Your practice is going to pay off.
You are such a hard worker.
You mean so much to me.
I am so glad you are my son/daughter.
I like how you ask for help.
You play so nicely with your siblings.
You are so helpful.
You figured it out!
You tried so hard!
I like the way you did that!
You are a great listener.
I smile when I think of you.
Thank you for helping me do _____________.
That was a nice thing you did for ___________.
I look forward to seeing you every day!
I think you can figure it out on your own!
Thank you for being honest.
You deserve a hug.
You are one of a kind!
I am proud of you.
What a great idea!
How thoughtful that was!
I am thankful for you.
I know this is important to you.
I like your enthusiasm!
You’ve got it, buddy!
Next time will be even better!
Thank you for being you.
You make me happy!
That was a great decision!