100 Words of Encouragement for Kids (& How to Use them)

100 words for parents to encourage their kids.

The time of learning and improving never ends for kindergartners. Kids of that age are always figuring out and trying different things.

Their curiosity leads them to have pretty qualitative experiences. This is exactly the time when they make hundreds of mistakes as well.

At this stage, you should shower the kid with words of motivation and shouldn’t be any direct negative/degrading comments made.

There can be many words of encouragement for kids which could help them leverage their abilities and curiosity in specific things.

Before we move to the list let’s have a look into how big of a role these small words can play in the child’s behavior.

Why Words of Encouragement Are So Important for Kids?

Develops the right personality in the child

As we all know a kid learns from the people around him and in such an initial stage of life his parents are those people.

He’d look up to you for probably everything. Thus your behavior and more specifically the words you throw at your child would play a major role in shaping his personality.

For example when he loses a football match or scored low in his exam, your words like; “You’d definitely do better next time” could give him an optimistic approach.

And with repeatedly doing so, you can shape him into an optimistic and positive personality for life.

Inspires him to do better next time

It is a scientifically proven fact now that praising kids help them perform better.

When parents encourage their kids they start feeling like having a chip on their shoulders and thus try to impress them with their performance every other time.

Encouraged Kindergartner hitting a strong baseball shot with a baseball in hand.

For example, if your kid stood 3rd in a competition and you can either praise him for his effort and set him to strive for the 1st position next time.

Or you can shatter his dedication by ignoring his accomplishment.

Thus your words for your child would be the backbone of deciding his future performance in any task.

Makes him more Optimistic

Optimism is one of the most important traits to install in your child. This quality gives them a sense of hope to always look into the positive aspect of any situation.

Your encouraging and supportive words for your child can bring out an optimistic personality.

For example when your kid comes home after losing a basketball game, instead of giving a lecture on why he lost you should emphasize how well he played.

This approach would divert his mind into thinking that if he keeps up the energy and hard work; he can do better next time.

He feels Confident about himself

Just think for a second, whenever a child accomplishes something, to whom does he want to share it with first?

It’s always the parents for any kid because he looks up to them as his audience. Remember you as parents are training your kids to face the world.

Young girl playing a pink colored guitar in public confidently.

And if you build their self-esteem, they’d be set to conquer the world.

Your words of encouragement for your kids can make them believe themselves even when the majority is doubtful.

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100 Words of Encouragement for Kids

When Your Kid Accomplishes Something

  1. I knew you’d do it.
  2. You always pull things with all your effort.
  3. You always shock me with the results.
  4. You did it in a way I never expected.
  5. I couldn’t ask for it to be done better.
  6. How exactly you did that?
  7. You always do your best no matter what.
  8. You can be a good leader.
  9. You being proactive in work put you ahead so many.
  10. It’s hard to digest, you’re so smart.
  11. At such an age you take things seriously.
  12. You’re going to have a bright future.
  13. I don’t think anything is impossible for you.
  14. You’re really thoughtful in dealing with problems.
  15. How could someone be so good?
  16. I am sure you deal with it maturely.
  17. I knew you won’t disappoint me.
  18. Your uniqueness is that you always over-deliver.
  19. You always think outside the box.
  20. You’re resistant to give up and that’s what makes you a winner.

When Your Kid is having a bad day

  1. Everything is going to be okay.
  2. You have control of your life.
  3. Don’t worry your mood is temporary.
  4. It’s just a day and it’ll be over.
  5. Tomorrow would be a better day for you.
  6. Would you like to talk about it?
  7. I am sure you’ll figure it out.
  8. I am already so proud of you.
  9. This is not your whole story.
  10. It’s just one small chapter of a really big book.
  11. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
  12. Everything happens for a reason.
  13. Be your own cheerleader!
  14. You deserve to be happy always.
  15. You can tell me if you’re dealing with any problems.
  16. No matter what I’ll always be there for you.
  17. Worse days can only last for 24 hours.
  18. It’s just 1 day, you have several bright years ahead.
  19. You have done so many great things already.
  20. We all go through tough times, but it’s not forever.

When Your Kid needs Motivation

  1. Hard work always pays.
  2. In order to win, you’d need to be consistent.
  3. Always keep your goal in mind.
  4. Nobody accomplished something without working hard.
  5. I know you’re a hustler.
  6. Let’s quit talking and take action.
  7. Shortcuts never land you in a safe place.
  8. Don’t dream about your goals, work for them.
  9. Always give your best no matter what.
  10. Never ever give up.
  11. Make each day your masterpiece.
  12. To have extraordinary things you’d need to do extraordinary work.
  13. Work, that’s how you get it.
  14. Just give it your all and you’ll land at a good place.
  15. Great things require time and effort.
  16. If you try doing your best, there’s no failure.
  17. Either do it with passion or not at all.
  18. Nothing is impossible for you.
  19. There’s always room for improvement.
  20. You’ve done great so far, just keep going.

When Your Kid needs More Confidence

  1. You have what it takes!
  2. I know you can do this.
  3. I believe in you.
  4. Nobody who ever did was smarter than you.
  5. Don’t degrade yourself based on someone else’s opinion.
  6. Let’s try it together.
  7. I know it’s hard, but you’ve done this before.
  8. I’ve always been proud of the effort you put in every time.
  9. The one, who never made a mistake, never tried something new.
  10. You’ve done amazing things before.
  11. Not everyone will like you and that is okay.
  12. You’re getting better with each day passing
  13. You are unique in your own way.
  14. You are born to do great things.
  15. I can see you impacting the world.
  16. Challenges are nothing for you.
  17. When you try something difficult, you’re always learning.
  18. Watching you fully committed to something is exciting.
  19. You don’t have to be like everybody else.
  20. You can make a difference.

When Your Kid Needs to develop Gratitude

  1. We have been given so much.
  2. Always count your blessings.
  3. You always have a reason to smile.
  4. You have every opportunity.
  5. Be grateful for all that you have.
  6. Value every resource you’re blessed with.
  7. You can always find good in bad.
  8. Make positivity louder in yourself.
  9. Leaders are those who are grateful even in tough times.
  10. Look around, you have so much.
  11. The world is a beautiful place.
  12. There are people weaker than us.
  13. It’s the little things that matter.
  14. Never take anything for granted.
  15. Learn to keep yourself happy.
  16. Gratitude can make your life joyful.
  17. Enjoy every second of your life.
  18. Every blessing ignored, becomes a curse.
  19. Feel everything with your heart.
  20. Look with the eyes of Gratitude; everything would seem like a miracle.

How to Say Words of Encouragement to Kids – Tips for Parents

Be Specific while choosing the words

Although there are thousands of phrases you can say in every situation but it’s always a good idea to be a little more specific.

It would make your kid realize that you’ve paid attention to his effort and noticed things in detail.

A mother whispering encouraging words to her kindergartners.

For example when your kid shows you the painting he made, instead of saying something general like, “It’s nice, keep it up” you can say, “It’s adorable, I especially liked the greenish shade you used for the grass”.

Just adding a few more words would add much more value for the child. And to do it right you need to pay attention to your kid’s effort sincerely.

Praise them often with general words of inspiration

Other than cheering them up on any accomplished task or any other specific situation, you’d need to praise them without any reason with some general words.

For example, just sitting around them, say remind them by saying, “You’d always be loved” or “I love spending time with you” etc.

These random sayings will keep the child aware of your unconditional love as a parent.

It would also keep the child under the feeling of being loved, protected and valued all the time and thus would play an important role in building his self-esteem.

Avoid Overdoing it as they grow

Praising more than required is never a good idea. You sure want your kids to be raised confidently so that they believe in themselves.

But overdoing it can make your child always seek approval from others.

For example, if you keep telling them; “You are the best”, “You are the smartest” etc. they would soon be disappointed comparing themselves to others.

Rather than doing this pickup their strengths and make them confident about that.

For example, saying; “You have good analytical skills that’s why you solved this puzzle” is way more supportive than typical exaggerated sentences.

Participate in your child’s doing

Taking part in your child in different tasks can also help a lot more than just saying it. It would give him a feeling of you standing by his side.

You can practice with him for his basketball match or any competition and while you play with him can use plenty of encouraging phrases wisely.

Also, there are plenty of words that only make sense when you are into something with him.

For example; “Your game is improving really fast” would only mean something to your kid when you spent 1 day playing and checking out his game with him.

Focus on his Effort rather than results

You’d need to praise your child based on his efforts without caring about the end results.

It’s proven that focusing on the process, not the outcome is the right way of praising the child for better.

This doesn’t mean he should not root for the results he desires, but you as a parent shouldn’t only value the results.

For instance, if your kid scored lower than you wanted in a test, and you know that he worked hard for it, then maybe its time to motivate him for the next time rather than shouting on his lower marks this time.

A positive approach of yours at a situation like this can really uplift a child’s confidence and will power.

Participate in your child’s doing

Taking part in your child in different tasks can also help a lot more than just saying it. It would give him a feeling of you standing by his side.

You can practice with him for his basketball match or any competition and while you play with him can use plenty of encouraging phrases wisely.

A Dad playing with his younger son. Participating to encouraging words into action.

Also, there are plenty of words that only make sense when you are into something with him.

For example; “Your game is improving really fast” would only mean something to your kid when you spent 1 day playing and checking out his game with him.

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