What Are Some Helpful Words of Encouragement That Adults Can Give to Children?

Some words of encouragement adults can offer children are thoughts on living a quality life, including recommendations about the future. For example, advice about maintaining friendships, being financially sensible, protecting mental, spiritual and physical health, and always listening to their inner voice or intuition. Encouraging words may also involve a child's personal integrity and self-esteem. They can extol the importance of self-acceptance, the necessity of risk-taking, the value of forgiveness, the need for gratitude and the virtue of allowing vulnerability.

Word of encouragement for children may aim to diminish stress and foster a worry-free life. Advice could concern stressing less about making important decisions, because those decisions "needn't be forever," or paying less attention to what other people think about you because, "They think about you a lot less than you imagine." Wisdom might caution against the temptation to compare oneself to others, emphasizing the futility of trying to measure up in relation to another person, or it may argue that, above all, it's not necessary to always have all the answers.

A teacher's encouraging words sometimes take the form of positive feedback, a valuable tool to acknowledge accomplishments and reinforce good behavior. An instructor grateful for a student's help, for instance, with a specific classroom task can also remind the child what was done right: "Thank you, Sam, for feeding the gerbils without disturbing them.” For students, the important takeaway is praise for their conduct that encourages them to repeat the behavior in the future.