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20 Affirmations to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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Positive words are very important in building a child’s self-esteem. It can be difficult to remember to give our kids affirming words, particularly when life is busy. It doesn’t come naturally for me to encourage the people around me. I have a tendency to focus more on what needs improvement than what is already amazing. I need to intentionally remember to express appreciation to my family. I have to put reminders in my phone and notes on my desk at work in order to be faithful with words of gratitude. This is especially important with my oldest daughter who receives love best through words of affirmation.

Here’s a handy list of positive affirmations to tell your kids. Copy and paste into the notes on your phone so you have them handy. Add several of your own. Tell your kids a couple of them a week.

  1. I love you. (You can never tell them this enough.)
  2. I appreciate you.
  3. I believe in you.
  4. I love how you care about others.
  5. I’m proud of you and of who you are.
  6. My life is better with you in it.
  7. You are enough just as you are.
  8. You are fun to have around.
  9. You are excellent at ________.
  10. You are smart.
  11. You are beautiful/handsome.
  12. You are courageous.
  13. You are wonderfully unique.
  14. You are talented.
  15. You are a good friend.
  16. You have really great ideas.
  17. You are a gift to our family.
  18. You are a great kid. It’s a privilege to know you.
  19. You make a positive difference wherever you go.
  20. You have what it takes to be successful in life.

Here are 100 more affirmations in case you need even more ideas!

Tell us! What are some other great affirmations to tell your kids? How have positive affirmations benefitted your own life?


What is something you can say to someone else that will make their day?

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