50 Positive Phrases to Encourage your Child

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I try to actively use positive reinforcement words and phrases with both of my kids. One of my kiddos does Tae Kwon Do, and I admire the instructors due to their seemingly natural ability to make everything so positive.

Because voice control is something she struggles with, at times she’s louder than intended (nearly yelling), to which the instructor says (in the most positive, non judgmental way), “Listen to that energy!” As a result, the positive words stop the extreme loudness without embarrassing her or making her feel bad.

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Universally, I believe kids respond to positive reinforcement and words of encouragement. Positive reinforcement can be a very effective way to impact and change behavior and consequently increase the likelihood that the positive behavior will be repeated in the future.

Admittedly, my brain makes me incredibly detail oriented. It’s my job to find the defects in the system. Fix and smooth out the process. For me, my eye naturally finds what is wrong, rather than what’s right. Having a list of go-to phrases helps me to focus on the positive and recognize it.

Here’s a list of 50 positive, encouraging phrases:

  1. You’re doing a good job!
  2. Keep up the good work!
  3. Good for you!
  4. Good thinking!
  5. That’s the way to do it!
  6. Now you have it!
  7. Great!
  8. Fantastic!
  9. Stupendous!
  10. Superb!
  11. Wonderful!
  12. Awesome!
  13. Awesome-sauce!
  14. Terrific!
  15. Congratulations!
  16. Great job!
  17. Excellent!
  18. Outstanding!
  19. Sensational!
  20. Beautiful!
  21. Perfect!
  22. Nice!
  23. Wow!
  24. Keep it up!
  25. I knew you could do it!
  26. Nice going!
  27. That’s the best you’ve ever done!
  28. You’re very good at that!
  29. Keep up the good work, you’re getting better!
  30. You’re doing much better today!
  31. I’ve never seen anyone do it better!
  32. That’s the way!
  33. That’s it!
  34. You’ve figured it out!
  35. I like that!
  36. Look at you go!
  37. I think you’ve got it now!
  38. You’re really improving!
  39. One more time and you’ll have it!
  40. Keep on trying!
  41. I love your enthusiasm!
  42. I’m so proud of how you’re working today!
  43. That’s better than ever!
  44. Nothing can stop you now!
  45. That’s first class work!
  46. I couldn’t have done it better myself!
  47. I love your energy!
  48. You must have been practicing!
  49. I like that!
  50. Look how fast you’re learning!

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