Every parent has those phrases that seem to be on repeat with their kids. Things like, “be careful” or “great job” and even “wow!” Sometimes those phrases are so rehearsed they don’t mean much anymore. Here are some things to say to your child that carry more intention and will make their faces light up. They might even start to believe these things themselves.

  1. You are capable of doing that.
  2. You are stronger than you realize.
  3. I am proud of you.
  4. You are a good person.
  5. You can make mistakes and I will still love you.
  6. It’s okay to ask for help.
  7. You can do hard things.
  8. You are important to me.
  9. I am always here for you.
  10. I believe in you.
  11. It’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.
  12. I will always be your biggest supporter.
  13. You have the power to make your own decisions.
  14. It’s okay to be honest with me.
  15. You can trust me.
  16. You matter.
  17. I am listening.
  18. Your feelings are valid.
  19. I am proud of your hard work.
  20. You can do anything you set your mind to.
  21. I admire your creativity.
  22. You are enough.
  23. It’s okay to take risks.
  24. I am here for you to talk to.
  25. You can do anything you set your mind to.
  26. I’m so glad you’re here.
  27. I love the effort you put into that.
  28. I can’t wait to spend time with you today.
  29. I’m here if you need me.
  30. I will always love you.

Even adding one of these phrases a week may help your child grow in confidence and secure independence.

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