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Encouraging Phrases For Kids To Lift Their Spirits

There are many situations in our day to day that are shaping how our children view themselves and their capabilities. These situations demand our attention and the use of mindful language. A language that supports and encourages the child. A language that makes the child feel loved yet one that encourages independence and endeavor. In today’s post we will look at a few examples of how you can use encouraging phrases for kids to lift their spirits and motivate them when they need it.

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Developmentally too, toddlers and preschoolers are going through a whirlwind of emotions and trying to figure out what each means and how to process these feelings.

I love Generation Mindful resources for raising emotionally healthy children. From courses on Positive Parenting to Toolkits like the time-in toolkit and peacemakers toolkit that help children process emotions, these resources provide families with valuable information on to raise a healthy new generation. Check them out here.

It is our job as parents to teach children about emotions and how to regulate what they feel. Our encouraging words help them name their feelings, feel validated and at the same time pushes them to keep trying. 


If there is one key skill for the future it is Emotional Intelligence and parents must be focusing on developing this skill alongside the pursuit of academic excellence.


Encouraging phrases for kids to show love

  • I love you
  • I am so proud of you
  • You make my heart full
  • You are valuable to our family
  • You are such a good friend
  • You bring joy to my life
  • I love being your mom
  • I love spending time with you
  • You are my sunshine

Encouraging phrases for kids to motivate them to keep trying

  • I see you are trying
  • You almost got it
  • Keep trying
  • I believe in you
  • Let’s try one more time
  • Every mistake is a chance to learn something
  • It’s okay to make a mistake, I make mistakes too.
  • How can we make this right?
  • How can we improve on this?
  • Let us try until we figure it out 
  • You can try again later
  • Maybe you need a break, and try again later?
  • You are so hardworking
  • You are really trying your best
  • That was a great effort
  • I see you are improving
  • You are getting better!
  • There, you got it!
  • Pause, think then act
  • It is not all about winning
  • Learning is a process
  • It is okay to mess up
  • How do you want me to help you?
  • Let us try your way 
  • I know you can do it
  • You are learning and growing

Encouraging phrases for kids when they are going through a tough time

  • I am here to listen
  • You can say No
  • Everything will be okay
  • It’s a new day tomorrow
  • I am here if you need me
  • You can tell me anything
  • I feel your pain
  • This is hard for you
  • If I was in your shoes—-
  • Let’s breathe together
  • It is okay to worry
  • You are safe. I will keep you safe.

Encouraging phrases for kids to boost self-esteem and confidence.

  • You are such a good helper
  • That’s a good memory!
  • I appreciate your help
  • That is kind of you
  • You are so fun to be around
  • You make me laugh
  • You have a great idea
  • Good thinking
  • I had no idea you could do this! That is impressive!
  • You did it all by yourself!
  • That is a great question
encouraging words for kids

So the next time, your child says, “I can’t do it”, maybe you can consider some of these encouraging phrases to help boost their confidence.

To get started on your gentle parenting journey I recommend you start here

Everyday Gentle Parenting Tips

How To Use Positive Discipline

Phrases To Use When Your Toddler Doesn’t Listen

What encouraging words for kids do you use? Leave me your ideas and phrases in the comments section below.

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