Encouraging children is essential. You want them to feel recognized and valued everyday. But, there is a fine line. You don’t want your child to become dependent on praise in order to feel valued. In situations where your child got a good grade or listened when you said ‘it’s time to leave the park,’ encouragement is healthy.
Here are 5 phrases you can use to encourage children.
Saying “thank you” to your children is something many parents do already. But, understanding its value is important. Thanking children makes them feel appreciated and as though their actions are contributing to something. You may thank them for starting their homework early or for helping clean up after dinner. Your child will feel fulfilled after hearing these words since they know they’ve done something right.
“I Trust You”
It can be hard for children to understand that they are trusted. Especially if they have misbehaved in the past. Reinforcing that you trust your children is one way to encourage them. You may say “I trust you will make your bed” or “I trust that you ate all of your food.” Children will listen to this and feel encouraged to do something since you have placed your trust in them.
“I’m Proud Of You”
There is nothing more gratifying than hearing a parent say they are proud of you. Especially as a child. You feel as though you can do anything, regardless of the situation. Make sure you tell your children you are proud of them, whether they got an A+ or B+ on their test.
“It’s Okay To Express Your Feelings”
Like every person, it is normal to have bad days. And this goes for children as well. Talking to your child when they are upset or angry, and letting them know it is okay to express their feelings, is beneficial. They will develop better communication habits and feel as though they can handle and and cope with their emotions.
“You Did It”
When your child accomplishes something, let them know you see it, you understand it, and that they did it. You want your child to be proud of themselves and feel as though they can accomplish other things in life.
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