Every parent wants their child to have high self esteem. This mini course shares tips that help make that happen. In the last chapter of the self esteem mini course I shared 60 sentences parents say that kill kids’ self esteem.
The worst 4 things parents can do that compromise our kids’ self esteem are:
- Telling them they are wrong
- Expressing disappointment
- Expressing shame
- Expressing doubt in the kids’ attempts
Fortunately, we can also say the opposite things, which will boost their self esteem:
- Tell kids they are right
- Congratulate them on their success
- Express pride in them
- Encourage them to take risks and try
Today, I want to share 60 sentences that boost self esteem. If you find some sentences you use often, use them more often. Try adopting a few more to help boost your child’s confidence.
60 Self-Esteem-Boosting Statements
- You can do it!
- This is a good idea!
- It only seems impossible!
- What a great idea!
- Who was the inspiration for this fantastic idea?
- You have all the time in the world.
- I am proud of you.
- I am showing off to everyone about your success.
- Your happiness and success is a great reward for my hard work as a parent.
- You are so good at this.
- I can trust you.
- You are so organized.
- It is a practical idea. Do you need my help to make it happen?
- I will find time for you.
- It is expensive but important.
- Let’s try again.
- You are smart!
- You are a very respectful kid!
- You are very considerate.
- It is Ok not to succeed, it happens to me too. We learn from our mistakes.
- You can make it!
- You have a great chance!
- You can always do the best you can.
- Try again!
- It is never the “right” time, just go for it!
- It is hard now but you will get better at it.
- You are young but being young is not always an obstacle!
- I am very happy!
- I am your greatest fan!
- I believe you!
- You will enjoy your effort!
- You are never too old for this.
- You are mature.
- It is never too late!
- It is good enough!
- I can help you.
- It brings my lots of pleasure to see you do …
- Dad/mum will be proud of you too!
- I can’t wait for dad/mum to get home to share the good news.
- You are perfect the way you are.
- You are my greatest creation!
- I love you!
- Life and success is about taking risks.
- I am busy now but I will make time for this.
- You don’t have to be like anyone else, you are you, one and only.
- It is OK if it is hard to understand now.
- Let’s agree on things together.
- I would like to share some of the responsibilities.
- Thank you!
- You should be very proud of yourself.
- It is OK to make mistakes.
- We are not perfect.
- Life is a long journey of learning. We never know everything. We must try and keep learning rather than wait for the perfect moment.
- You are strong enough.
- I think it will work.
- You know enough.
- This is practical.
- You bring pride to the family.
- I am proud you did that.
- You are a great kid.
I hope you recognize yourself in this list a lot. If so, keep doing what you are doing. If not, it is never too late to add some to your interaction with your child. This will boost his/her self esteem.
This post is part of the series Self Esteem Mini-Course:
- What Is Self Esteem?
- How School Promotes Low Self Esteem
- Beliefs and Where They Come From
- Social Identity
- Service Your Self-Esteem
- Your Self-Esteem Checklist
- How to Get Rid of Doubts
- Assertiveness and Self Esteem
- How to Be Assertive
- Beliefs of Assertive People
- Ronit Baras’ Success Experience Theory
- Ms Self Esteem has an Identity Crisis
- 13 Useful Conflict Resolution Steps You Need to Know
- Watch Your language or Lose Your Kids’ Trust
- War Between Two Minds
- What if
- What do I Think?
- Awareness is Half the Solution
- Damaging Kids’ Self Esteem
- Boosting Kids’ Self Esteem