Encouraging Words to Promote Positive Action in Children

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Encouragement is the process of focusing on your children's assets and strengths in order to build their self-confidence and feelings of worth. I like to think of the word "encourage" as "en"courage, or giving the gift of courage. Inherent in that gift is the idea that it is okay to take risks and perhaps even to fail - the important thing is to go ahead and try it anyway. When we give a child encouragement, we are saying to keep trying, keep up with the progress, and to celebrate the journey, not just the victory.

We need to convey though words and gestures that we appreciate their efforts and improvement, not just their accomplishments. We need to make sure they understand that our love and acceptance is not dependent on their behavior.

Encouraging words and phrases that will assist your child to keep trying and increase his self-esteem and confidence.

  1. I like the way you handled that
  2. Wow, you really thought out the solution to that problem"
  3. I have faith in your ability
  4. I appreciate what you did
  5. You are really showing improvement
  6. I know you will figure out a good way to do it next time
  7. You don't have to be perfect. Effort and improvement are important.
  8. I trust you to be responsible
  9. It must make you proud of yourself when you accomplish something like that
  10. You are a valuable part of the team
  11. It is okay to make a mistake, we all do. What do you think you learned from it?
  12. How can we turn this into a positive?
  13. I'm proud of you for trying
  14. I'll bet by next year you will be able to handle it, you just need to grow a little
  15. I know you are disappointed that you didn't win, but you'll do better next time.

I have confidence in you.

Just as you have confidence in your child and his ability to problem solve and assume personal responsibility for choices.

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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