5 Positive Phrases to Say to Your Child

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Most parents have a couple positive phrases they use throughout the day to show their little one how much they value them. While it's okay to have a few favorite catch-phrases like, “I love you to the moon and back!” or “Great job, my love!” try adding the following positive phrases to your everyday language to help your little one grow!

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I love when you __________.

Your child probably hears how much you love them numerous times per day. While it's important to keep sharing your love, it can also be powerful for them to hear some specifics. Telling your child that you love when they help or share or listen to directions not only helps them feel proud of their behavior but also give them ideas of ways to behave in the future.

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Watching you ___________ makes me feel so proud!

Watching your little one grow up and try new things often inspires big feelings of pride. Let your little one know how far they've come by telling them how proud you are of their accomplishments. From trying a new food to making it onstage during their preschool concert, your little one is doing big things – make sure you tell them how proud you are! 

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Let's figure it out together!

When your little one is frustrated by a new task, nothing feels more comforting than knowing that you're in it with them. Rather than taking over or telling them they're not big enough to do things on their own, let them know that you're committed to helping them do whatever it is they want to do.

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I believe in you!

When you know your little one can do something on their own but they're feeling a little unsure, you telling them you believe in them can be just the push they need to keep going. Let them know you believe in them and cheer along when they accomplish their goal!

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Thank you for working so hard!

While it can be great to cheer on your little one for accomplishing something big, it can be just as important to cheer on all the work it took to get there. When you praise your child for the work it took to accomplish (or get close to) something they want, you're letting them know that it's their hard work and attitude you value, not just their accomplishment. 

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5 Positive Phrases to Say to Your Child

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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