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20 Affirmations for Teens

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When you look back on your teenage years, can you think of moments that left a scar? I can. I was a part of a marching band drill team all during high school. We were a tight-knit group—that is until someone on the team would decide to be upset with one of the rest of the group. Professed friends would gather around the cause of the offended one and ostracize the offender. When I was the “chosen offender,” I took it personally. Alone and isolated, I believed that if I had been good enough, these girls wouldn’t have turned on me.

Being a teenager can be cutthroat. Every day, they hear or see something on social media that makes them feel less than. Teens are seeking false and fleeting admiration from virtual connections but they’re left desperate for real words that affirm their worth.  You have the power to give them that with these 20 affirmations for teens. Pick the ones your son or daughter needs to hear most and say them as much as you can.

  1. I am so grateful for you.
  2. You are such a blast to be around.
  3. I am incredibly proud of you.
  4. You can do it!
  5. I admire how you _____.
  6. You really care about others and it shows.
  7. I see how hard you work at doing well in school.
  8. Your brother/sister is so lucky to have you.
  9. Thank you for being so helpful to me.
  10. Trust yourself. You are more capable than you think you are.
  11. You’ve added so much joy to my life.
  12. People really enjoy your company.
  13. God has a great plan for your life.
  14. Your voice makes a difference.
  15. I’m honored to be known as your mom.
  16. I noticed how amazing you are at _________.
  17. Everyone needs a friend like you.
  18. I’ve learned _______ from you.
  19. When you make up your mind about something, nothing stands in your way.
  20. You have a purpose.

What are some other affirmations teens need to hear? Share them in the comments.


What’s one compliment someone could give you that would make you feel amazing?

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