Monday, July 22, 2024

Giving the Gift of Encouragement to Your Kids

Because many of my readers have asked for me to post the following words to say and not to say to children, I am sharing it again. Blessings to each of you!


Encouraging and Motivating Your Sons and Daughters

10 Encouraging Things to Say That Build Kids Up: Every Child Needs to Hear that:

§ I believe in you.

§ It’s a blessing to be your mom/dad (grandma, aunt)

§ I love you. Then be specific: I love your smile (energy, caring heart, etc.)

§ I noticed…(you got your homework done, or that you have a new friend).

That’s what I call responsibility (kindness, other character quality)

§ Keep up the good work. You’re making progress!

§ If more kids were like you, this world would be a better place.

§ There is a bright future ahead for you.

§ Thanks for what you did…(helping, doing chores, doing homework, etc.)

§ If all the 8 year old girls (or 10, 5, use child’s age) were lined up from all over the world and I could only pick one, I’d pick YOU

§ I admire or am proud of you for …(name a specific quality or trait)

10 Negative Phrases NOT TO SAY Because They Tear Kids Down

§ You’re no good; you’ll never amount to anything.

§ If you don’t stop doing that, I’m going to leave you here (or go home without you).

§ Why can’t you be more like your brother/sister?

§ I can’t stand you.

§ You are so much trouble.

§ I can’t wait until you’re grown up and out of here.

§ Don’t you ever listen? Where are your brains?

§ What’s WRONG with you?

§ You are stupid.

§ You’re giving me a headache (or stressing me out).




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