55 Life-Giving Phrases To Inspire Your Kids And Teens!

by | Apr 3, 2022

How To Reach Their Hearts With Powerful Words Of Affirmation

Most parents want to encourage their kids. Who doesn’t want their kid to feel loved, special, and appreciated? But how do you encourage your kids? There are some great ways…and not so great ways.

I’d love to unpack this idea of encouragement and give you 55 life-giving phrases to inspire your kids and teens today!

These are very specific things to say, which is important to keep in mind.

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What are some powerful phrases I can use to inspire my kids?

55 Life-Giving Phrases To Inspire Your Kids:

“I am proud of the effort you showed.”

“Thank you for your hard work.”

“I appreciate your honesty. It’s not always easy to tell the truth.”

“You are such a kind person. I love how you take the time to show others you care.”

“You are fun to be around and a wonderful part of this family.”

“Thanks for helping make this a great day!”

Make sure and communicate your confidence in who they are!

“You’ve almost got it. I believe in you.”

“Thank you for showing patience when you had to wait a long time. I know that was hard and I’m proud of you for stepping up.”

“You’re a bright spot in my day.”

“Thanks for making me smile. Your sense of humor is awesome!”

“I appreciate your good listening ears and obedience.”

“I trust that you mean what you say.”

“You are very responsible, and I know you will do great.”

“I bet you can figure this out.”

“Thank you for setting a good example for your brothers.”

“I appreciate your good attitude even when things got hard.”

“I am so thankful that God put you in this family.”

“Thank you for making me feel loved and cared for by you.”

Communicate your appreciation!

“I really enjoy being your mom.”

“Life is more fun with you around.”

“God has given you many gifts, and I can’t wait to see how He uses you to shine bright.”

“I’m so proud of you for finishing and not giving up. That takes courage!”

“Thank you for your forgiveness when I hurt your feelings.”

“I’m sorry for losing my temper with you. That was wrong and hurtful. Will you please forgive me?” (This speaks life into your child because you’re modeling humility and showing them that adults make mistakes too!)

“I like the way you handled that situation.”

“Thank you for your willingness to help.”

“I appreciate how you served our family by cleaning up the kitchen without being asked.”

“You showed great effort on that math test. You should be proud!”

“I love cheering you on in anything you do.”

“You are worth staying up late for. I love our late-night chats.”

Inspire your kids with the love you have for them!

“There’s nothing you could do or say that will change the amount of love I have for you.”

“Mommy and Daddy love you so much, but God loves you the MOST!”

“I love you no matter what.”

“I love you more than _______.” (Fill in the blank! These are so fun to do with kids when they’re young. And hopefully as they get older it’s still something that’s special for them.)

“You are a great big sister. You love your siblings so well.”

“Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend time with me.”

“I really enjoy getting to know you.”

“Your friends are blessed to have you in their lives.”

“I know it’s not the outcome you wanted, but Daddy and I are so proud of you for not giving up. That shows true perseverance.”

“You did it! Doesn’t that feel great?”

“You are very gifted in _______. Keep pursuing that passion.”

“Thank you for trusting me with your hurts and feelings. I appreciate your willingness to share.”

“I am here for you.”

“Can I pray with you?”

“I miss you when you’re not around because you’re so much fun!”

“Thank you for your servant’s heart.”

“When you put forth that much effort, it really shows!”

“You are a wonderful person inside and out.”

“I’m proud of you for not talking about your friend to others when she hurt your feelings.”

“Your life matters to us and it matters to God.”

“I appreciate how you handled that issue at school. That shows a lot of maturity.”

“Thank you for your generosity in donating your allowance to that charity.”

“You make me laugh and make my heart happy!”

“Thank you for the gift you gave your sister. You really know how to love her well!”

“When you stand up for truth, it encourages others to do the same. Nice job!”

I have my list of encouraging phrases, now what?

This is a great question!

I totally understand that it can be overwhelming to read this list and then wonder how to even incorporate it into your parenting. No one wants to sound scripted and disingenuous with their kids.

Just imagine, “Dad, why are you reading off a piece of paper? You sound nervous.” LOL!

Here are some practical tips regarding how to inspire your kids in your daily conversations:

  • Be specific in your compliments rather than general
  • When you see your child doing something positive, POINT IT OUT!
  • Thank your kids when they show an obedient heart or great attitude
  • Try to see the good things they ARE doing versus what they may not be doing well
  • Talk with your kids not at your kids
  • Attempt to start the day by saying one kind thing to each of your kids. Just like the sun rises to begin the day and God’s mercies are new every morning, begin the day by having “sunny” moments with your kids
  • Time in the car is a great chance to speak life and encouragement into your child
  • Write some of the phrases on index cards and become familiar with them
  • Read through the list with your spouse and challenge each other to use them in conversations
  • Try to have at least 1-2 one-on-one conversations with each child during the week. They don’t have to be super long!

Are there any good resources or parenting books about encouraging your kids?

I’m so glad you asked!

Although I’m not a fan of every resource out there, I’d love to highlight some of the better ones. It’s nice to have great resources at your fingertips!

Parenting Books:

The 5 Love Languages For Children by Dr. Gary Chapman
The 5 Love Languages For Teens by Dr. Gary Chapman
100 Ways To Love Your Daughter by Matthew and Lisa Jacobson
100 Ways To Love Your Son
by Matthew and Lisa Jacobson
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With The Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
Loving The Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic
Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of our Children by Sally Clarkson

Parenting Podcasts:

Parenting with Ginger Hubbard

Courageous Parenting with Isaac and Angie

Focus on the Family Parenting Podcast

Risen Motherhood


Courageous Parenting

Focus on the Family

Risen Motherhood

Happy You, Happy Family

Busy Toddler

Don’t forget the lost art of handwritten notes!

It’s important to remember that when wanting to communicate life-giving encouragement to your child, you don’t always have to say the words. Sometimes you can write the words.

I am one of those people who treasure notes from people. I have multiple bags and boxes with special handwritten notes from various friends, students, and family members over the years. They are treasures to me!

You may be parenting a child currently who thrives on affirming words and written notes of encouragement. If that’s true, then take advantage of any opportunity to write them a happy note!

It can be as simple as I love you or as detailed as you want. If you have teens, leave them a note on their steering wheel or dashboard. Sneak a card under their pillow or near something in their room that’s used frequently.

No matter what, remember to encourage your kids and teens.

Speak or write life-giving truths that inspire their hearts and minds.

Be specific in your affirmations to your kids and watch them blossom before your eyes.

You can do this Mama!

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Lots of love to each of you!


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)

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  1. Jennie | GinGin and Roo

    This is such a great post. It takes no time at all to slip in a few of these affirmations everyday, and it’ll have a huge impact on our kids’ self-esteem. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Jennie! I hope this post helps you on your parenting journey. =)

  2. Melisa

    I appreciate all that you share because I have two teens at home.

    • Lisa

      Affirming our kids is so important these days. Your two teens are precious!

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