Guest Blogger: Melanie Nichols
This March, we are sharing a special series of blog posts from Melanie Nichols. This series was originally posted in February 2021. You can find Melanie and her blog here. If you would like to submit to our blog, please email us.
Whether young or old, we all benefit from the encouragement of others. Words of encouragement can give us the boost needed to overcome obstacles in our lives. Encouragement can provide hope when we are feeling down and help shift our perspective when we’re struggling. Children receive these benefits and more when they are encouraged by loving adults in their lives.
More than just words, encouragement can take many different forms. Children can be uplifted by our nonverbal communication, like a smile or thumbs up. Meaningful conversations and quality time spent together can also be encouraging to kids. When children are doing well and experiencing success, words of encouragement can motivate them to continue on that path and inspire them to reach for the next level. On the other hand, children who are struggling with big emotions, self-doubt, or life changes can be comforted and encouraged by our thoughtful actions and well-chosen words.
The image below includes 75 phrases that we can use to encourage, uplift, and inspire the children in our lives.
When we believe in our kids, our words and actions encourage them to believe in themselves.