Your daughter runs into the room to show you her new project. It’s lop-sided, made from pipe cleaners, construction paper and something that looks like dryer lint. You smile and say, “Thanks nice, Honey.” She looks hurt for a second before whining, “That’s what you always say to us, Mommy. I thought this castle was better than ‘nice’ this time.”
Do you ever find yourself lost for words when it comes to congratulating your children? Are you searching for good, appropriate phrases to use that don’t mislead them on their ability, yet it doesn’t leave them feeling like their effort wasn’t worth it?
We all bloom when we hear words of praise or affirmation. Having a variety of these warm words at your fingertips (or on the tip of your tongue) as you’re washing dishes, calling out spelling words or chasing the dog away from the trash might be asking too much. This list gives you a mug full of kind words you can sprinkle on your children to keep their self-esteem toasty all year round!
Wow Way to Go You’re Special Outstanding Excellent Great Grand Humungous Effort Great Job Good Going Well Done Remarkable Super Brilliant Thought Super Cool Super Duper You Make a Difference I Knew You Could Do It Fantastic Incredible Out-Of-This-World You’re Super Nice Work Looking Good You’re On Top of It Now You’re Flying You’re Catching On Now You Got It You’re Incredible You Can Do It Bravo Hurrah You Have A Shining Personality Congratulations You’re Fantastic You’re Improving Hurray For You You’re a Joy You make me feel Happy Sizzling Good Work Let’s Try Again Great Attempt Dynamite Effort You’re a Winner Good For You You’re Wonderful I Respect You You’ll Make It Happen You’ll Make It You’re Precious Great Discovery You’re Making Progress Hip, Hip, Hooray Bingo Superb You’re Responsible Great Work Spectacular Marvelous Terrific You Really Tried Astounding Thought I Like You Thanks For Caring Super Job You’re Sensational I Like Your Work Great Idea A Job Well Done You Are Fun You Did It You Tried Hard I Trust You What An Imagination You’re Important You’re a Great Friend I Know You Can Handle It You’ve Got a Friend You Did It You Make Me Laugh You Brighten My Day Awesome Look How Far You’ve Come You’re Terrific That’s Correct You’re a Treasure That’s the Best Golden Behavior You’re Growing Up I Love You I Respect Your Judgment You’re On Your Way Outstanding Performance Cool Dude Hurray For You Super Job I Knew You Could Do It Thanks For Caring Sensational
Although children love praise, some are more touchy-feely and like you to put your words into action. Below are many different, yet simple ways that this can be accomplished.
Hugs Smiles Kisses Special Treats Rewards A Gift Hidden in a Backpack Pat on the Back Thumbs Up Brownie Points Applause High Five Cheer Wink A Secret Sign Approving Nod Wave of the Hand Blow a Kiss Pat on the Head Ruffle Hair Jumping for Joy Special Time With Mom Special Time With Dad A Note Hidden Under The Pillow An I.O.U. for an Ice Cream A Surprise Stop on the Way Home A Certificate of Accomplishment Balloons A Message Taped to a Toothbrush A Special Bookmark Draw a Smiling Face on the Mirror Make Happy–Faced Pancakes
You’ll find that your children, once complimented for a short period of time, will start complimenting family members and friends, using some of these same words. Whichever way you choose to show appreciation to your children, they will love it and will bloom into healthier, happier individuals right before your eyes.