Encouraging words have great power. As Mark Twain wrote, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
This is also true of our children. Encouragement can inspire them to do what’s right, work hard and seek to grow in their walk with Christ.
Proverbs 12:18 says: Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
If reckless words can pierce, why is it easier to spend more time correcting and criticizing kids than encouraging them? We’re all guilty of this far too often.
If you’d like to increase your verbal encouragement of your kids, try one of the following phrases each day this month. Most of these phrases can apply to kids of a variety of ages and for a range of situations.
1. I believe in you.
2. Thanks so much for the way you handled that situation.
3. I really appreciate the way you did that.
4. I like spending time with you.
5. You did a great job putting your toys away.
6. You have a beautiful smile.
7. I’m so thankful God chose me to be your dad (or mom).
8. My life would be pretty boring without you.
9. That was a fabulous idea you came up with.
10. Way to go!
11. You showed a lot of courage in that situation.
12. Let’s work on it together.
13. I couldn’t have done it without you.
14. That’s awesome!
15. You did the right thing, even when no one was watching; that shows you’re a person of integrity.
16. I’m very proud of you.
17. Hey, thanks.
18. I’m sorry.
19. You’re a lot of fun to be with.
20. I can tell you’ve been working hard.
21. I just love spending time with you.
22. I appreciate the way you thought that through.
23. I’m so glad you are my child.
24. You really understand how to be a good friend to others.
25. Thanks for helping even when I don’t ask.
26. You are a true blessing to me.
27. You did a wonderful job.
28. I love your heart.
29. I’m so glad I get to be your parent.
30. You are so special.
31. I knew you could do it.
What phrases of encouragement did your dad or mom use with you?
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