50 Positive and Encouraging Messages Your Child Needs to Hear

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

September 17, 2020

50 positive and encouraging messages for kids

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Boost your child’s self-esteem and build their confidence with these 50 positive and encouraging messages your child needs to hear – introduce them in your home and see real changes in no time!

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Raising confident, capable and emotionally resilient children is our primary goal as parents. We want nothing more than to give our children the confidence to take on the world, which is why it’s important to lay the foundations from an early age with some of these positive and encouraging messages.

But is there such a thing as over-praising?

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Praising and Encouragement

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It’s important to acknowledge the good jobs your child does, whether that’s helping to set the table or sharing toys with a younger sibling. And it is worth remembering to emphasise the efforts they make too – “you’re trying really hard, well done” – as this makes for good motivation, even when the outcome isn’t perfect.

However, over-praising your child for mundane or run of the mill tasks could actually backfire. If your child expects praise for each and every thing they do, they will be demotivated and less inclined to try. So, be specific with your encouragement and praise, point out the positives, and focus on their achievement.

In addition to praise, we need to encourage our children with messages of support. We need to reassure, react and respond to our child’s behaviour in a way that lets them know it’s okay to fail. Delivering the message that “you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing” or “it’s okay to make mistakes” are just as important as praise.

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Encouraging Messages for Kids

  1. I’m grateful for you.
  2. I’m proud of you.
  3. I understand.
  4. You’re right.
  5. I forgive you.
  6. That’s a great question.
  7. You decide.
  8. I know you did your best.
  9. That’s a great idea!
  10. You make me happy.
  11. You are kind.
  12. I love spending time with you.
  13. Thank you for helping me.
  14. You make me smile.
  15. I missed you while you were at school. (Keep the conversation going with these great and engaging questions to ask your kids about school)
  16. I believe you.
  17. I believe in you.
  18. Your opinion matters.
  19. You are clever.
  20. What do you think?
  21. I’m listening.
  22. Can you show me how to do that?
  23. You are important.
  24. You can change your mind.
  25. You are a good friend.
  26. You are strong.
  27. It’s okay to make mistakes.
  28. You can do it.
  29. Thank you for sharing.
  30. You’ve got this.
  31. You’re so funny!
  32. I can see that you’re working hard.
  33. Your imagination is wonderful.
  34. Can you explain it to me?
  35. Our family wouldn’t be the same without you.
  36. How would you do it?
  37. You can tell me anything.
  38. I love your hugs.
  39. Good thinking.
  40. I appreciate it when you…
  41. That was a good decision.
  42. I trust you.
  43. Thank you for helping.
  44. I love being your parent.
  45. You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
  46. Just be yourself.
  47. What will we do together?
  48. Go play and have fun.
  49. Thank you.
  50. I love you.

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Published On: September 17th, 2020 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: September 12th, 2023 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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