It’s extremely important to say positive things to a child on a daily basis. If you don’t, that child will start to lose his or her self-worth, which in turn affects school work, home life and interaction with friends. Honestly, there is an unlimited number of wonderful things you can tell children in an effort to make them feel good about themselves and boost their self-esteem. This is by no means a comprehensive list. But, it will get you on the right track.
One thing to add before we check out these positive things you can say to a child: don’t exaggerate of give false praise. We think we’re being enthusiastic and mean well when we say “you’re the smartest kid in the whole wide world,” but it can actually have the opposite effect on their self-esteem than we intend. Our kids do so many incredible things every day, so focus on the real accomplishments!
Positive Things You Can Say to a Child
- I’m so proud of you!
- You always cheer me up.
- Always believe in yourself.
- You ask great questions.
- You’re brothers/sisters really look up to you.
- I trust you.
- I believe in you.
- Your opinion counts.
- I have faith in you.
- Our family wouldn’t be the same with you.
- I’ll always listen to you.
- It’s ok to be afraid sometimes.
- You’re never boring
- It’s ok to act silly sometimes.
- That was a brave thing to do.
- You’re so helpful.
- You’re doing great in school.
- You can accomplish anything.
- It’s fun to hang out with you.
- I love being your mom/dad.
- You teach me so much.
- You were right.
- You have a great sense of humor.
- Of course, we can try it your way.
- I never thought of it like that.
- That’s a very interesting point.
- You can’t please everyone.
- I admire you.
- Doing your best is what really counts.
- No one is perfect.
- You brighten my day.
- I don’t know what I’d do without you.
- That was such a brave thing to do.
- Don’t worry, I understand.
- I love you to the moon and back.
- There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
- No, you’re not bothering me.
- It ok to be sad sometimes.
- You’ll never be able to learn EVERYTHING, but you sure can have fun trying!
- Always be yourself.
- What should we do today?
- Don’t be ashamed to cry.
- There’s nothing wrong with getting B’s.
- Everyone makes mistakes.
- You can always try again.
- It’s ok to say no sometimes.
- You’re so creative.
- You make me smile.
- It’s ok that not everyone likes you.
- I could never stop loving you.
- Never sell yourself short.
- I trust you.
- I appreciate your help.
- Creativity is a good thing.
- You look nice today.
- I love your attitude.
See what I mean? There are SO MANY positive things to say to children, to help give them self-confidence and to let them know you care. It hardly takes any effort at all to pass along kind words.
In addition to making the recipient feel great, saying positive things to someone (of any age) makes it a whole lot easier for that person to follow in your footsteps and do the same. Really!
Can you think of other positive things to say to a child? Share in the comments!
2 thoughts on “50 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Kids”
I love this! Speaking positively to our kids is so important. Showing support is one of the most important things for me as a parent.
I feel like I always say the same thing to my boys whenever I’m proud of them! I love the variation of positive phrases you gave. They need lot of positive reinforcement for every correction they receive.
I always greet them positively like:
Hey, Smart Guy!
Thanks for helping me clear the table, sugar booger.
LOL I have kids that are 1.5 and 5, so they love when I call them cute names….. for now lol