27 Encouraging Phrases

to Motivate Your Student

27 Phrases to Try at Home

When it comes to encouragement, a quick “good job” doesn’t cut it—in fact, phrases like “good job,” “you’re so smart!” and “you’re the best on your team!” are not considered encouraging words. These phrases do nothing to promote good behavior in the future.

True encouraging words focus on the deed, not the doer. It motivates a child from the inside to demonstrate similar positive behavior in the future, and to value things like hard work, improvement, teamwork and perseverance.

  1. You should be proud of yourself!
  2. Look at your improvement!
  3. That “A” reflects a lot of hard work!
  4. You worked really hard to get this room clean!
  5. Thanks for helping set the table, that made a big difference.
  6. I noticed you were really patient with your little brother.
  7. What do you think about it?
  8. You seem to really enjoy science.
  9. Your hard work paid off!
  10. That’s a tough one, but you’ll figure it out.
  11. Look how far you’ve come!
  12. I trust your judgment.
  13. The time you’re putting into your homework is really paying off.
  14. I love being with you.
  15. You really put a smile on her face with your kind words!
  16. That’s coming along nicely!
  17. You really worked it out!
  18. That’s a very good observation.
  19. Thank you for your cooperation.
  20. I see a very thorough job!
  21. That’s what we call perseverance!
  22. I can tell you really care.
  23. You make it look easy!
  24. You’ve really got the hang of it!
  25. I can tell you spent a lot of time thinking this through.
  26. I really feel like a team when we work like this!

*adapted from www.positiveparentingsolutions.com