From their first step to their first goal scored to their most recent “A” on a test, celebrating your kid’s wins is as joyous for you as it is for them.
As a parent, grandparent, or teacher, you probably love encouraging the kids in your life. It’s natural to heap praise and uplifting words on our children, and we absolutely should!
Encouragement builds self-esteem. It gives our kids the boost to try new things, use their talents, and thrive.
It’s also important to teach our kids to encourage others. The people in their lives – friends, siblings, and even adults – benefit from an uplifting word or action, too. Thankfully, as you encourage them, you are modeling the behavior that they can then use with others.
Did you know that September 12th is the National Day of Encouragement? It’s the perfect opportunity to talk with your kids about the importance of raising each other up.
Here are a few ideas on how you can encourage your kids to encourage others. 😊
❤️ When playing at the park or at their next team practice, remind your kids to look for things that their peers are doing well and to give those kids a high-five or a quick, “You’re doing great!”.
❤️ Have your kids write encouraging notes to each other or to their friends. Little sister learned to tie her shoes? Your best friend is always a great listener? Your mom made the world’s best spaghetti? The possibilities are endless!
❤️ As a family, look for random acts of kindness you can perform. Hold the door open for others, let someone move ahead of you in line, or compliment someone on their beautiful eyes or smile.
❤️ Make “Get Well Soon” cards for the local children’s hospital or “Thank You” cards to send overseas to those in the military.
❤️ Color a beautiful picture and give to your neighbor or friend who’s been feeling down or is going through a hard time. Download this week’s free printables for an easy option!
Being encouraging may not be something that comes naturally to your kids at first and that’s okay! Just like manners or learning to apologize, it can be taught. We’re all learning and growing and becoming better each day! Let’s do it together!