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30 Encouraging Words Kids Need To Hear

by Katrina Cheshire

Encouraging Words.

Are we building our kids up as often as we should?

Children THRIVE on encouraging words of affirmation! While every child is different and responds in their own way to different parenting choices, affirmation is a blessing to any and every child. 

Parents have the most difficult job in the world. The job of raising tiny humans into loving, God-fearing, kind, wise, and mature adults is a daunting task. Every parent knows that there is no “one-size-fits-all magic formula” for raising children. However, encouraging words are ALWAYS a good thing!

The Character Corner has put together a free printable download of 30 Words of Affirmation for you to tell your kids!


Here are our top five favorites: 

    1. I am so glad God put you in our family.
    2. If I could choose out of all the kids in the world, I would choose YOU.
    3. Your siblings are so blessed to have you.
    4. I love to see how you are growing up.
    5. You fill my heart with joy.


Why is it so important?

Encouraging your children with words of affirmation can change their lives. Instead of tearing them down or making them sad, building them up will bring them so much joy! Remember, parents, are the heartbeat of the home. Joyful and loving words on the part of the parents can change the whole atmosphere of a home in an instant!

Even when you need to discipline and correct your children, remember to “sandwich criticism between slices of praise!” You as the parent are the best judge of what your child needs, and you know what kind of correction they will respond to best. Some children need only a gentle reproof, while others need a firmer hand. Either way, including encouraging words of affirmation, will bless and build them up! 


Won’t it be awkward or weird?

If your children aren’t used to hearing words of affirmation from you, they may not know how to respond at first. They may feel embarrassed or unsure about the affirmative words you share with them. However, don’t doubt for a minute that they are blessed by it! Show them through your actions that you love them and appreciate them in your life. 

Lastly, we can look to the life of Jesus for an example of how we ought to treat our children. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus made time for children and treated them with love. We never see Him acting harshly toward a child or tearing down a little one. 


It makes an eternal difference.

In the same way, as followers of Christ, we ought to seek to always act with love towards our children, encouraging them whenever possible! Although taking the time to pour extra love into them may seem unneeded or difficult at times, it will last for all of eternity. Your children need to hear your love for them!

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

Katrina Cheshire is a home school and Bible college graduate and the author of Seller of Dreams. She is passionate about good stories and the power they can have in shaping a life.

With seven siblings her life is full of adventure and excitement! She loves to design and sew clothing. She enjoys writing endless stories and read even more of them. You can find her making music with her brothers and sisters or dancing for the glory of God.

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