The words that you say today have a life-long impact on your child.

You don’t need child experts, or research studies, to tell you that. You’ve been there – you were once a child, too. You yearned for acceptance, encouragement, recognition, and praise from your parents. The same is true for our children.

Are you raising a strong happy child?
Are you raising a strong happy child?

As parents, it is important that we choose our words wisely. Matthew Jacobson – a family man, blogger, and entrepreneur – couldn’t have said it any better. He said,

“It’s easier to build up a child than to repair an adult.”

The challenge lies in raising happy kids in a positive atmosphere. We need to build resilience in our children. But how do we teach them that? How do we make them tough – capable and able to bounce back from difficulties?

The very best way to do that is to reinforce their self-esteem… without going overboard. We want strong kids, but not conceited ones.

Here are 25 positive things to say to your child.

How often do you tell your children you love them?
How often do you tell your children you love them?
  1. You make me proud.
  2. Your opinions matter.
  3. You are important.
  4. You are loved.
  5. You are enough.
  6. You make me happy.
  7. You are capable.
  8. I believe you.
  9. I believe in you.
To a child, "love" is spelled, "T-I-M-E." - Zig Ziglar
To a child, “love” is spelled, “T-I-M-E.” – Zig Ziglar
  1. I have faith in you.
  2. I accept who you are.
  3. I trust you.
  4. I’m listening.
  5. I understand you.
  6. I know you did your best.
  7. You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
  8. We all make mistakes.
  9. You can try again tomorrow.

“Don’t be afraid to be YOU.”

  1. You are worth it.
  2. I forgive you.
  3. You were right.
  4. You did that so well.
  5. What you did was awesome.
  6. Don’t be afraid to be you.
  7. Seeing you happy makes me happy.

Looking back, what do you wish your parents told you when you were a child?

Think about it… and then ask yourself, what’s stopping you from saying it to your child now?