Affirm what you already know

Building a child’s inner self-esteem is so important. In the midst of our daily, and often busy or hectic lives, we owe our children the best of what we have to give.

For children, self-esteem comes from knowing that they’re loved and that they belong to a family that appreciates them, spending quality time with their families, being encouraged to try new things, finding things they’re good at and being praised for things that are important to them.

So let’s keep it simple. Here are different affirmation phrases from The Character Corner that can help your child boost their self esteem:

If I could choose out of all the kids in the world, I would choose you.

I am so glad God put you in our family.

I love your sense of humor.

Being your mom is my favorite job.

I love you, and Jesus loves you.

Nothing can ever make me stop loving you.

I am so proud of you.

You are such a diligent worker.

That was a very wise choice.

I believe in you.

You make me laugh.

Your siblings are so blessed to have you.

I’m listening.

I love you to the moon and back.

That was really kind of you to do that.

The day you were born was one of the best days of my life.

You make me smile.

You have such great ideas.

There is no one like you.

Spending time with you is one of my favorite things to do.

I love to see how you are growing up.

Out of all the kids in the world, I got the best.

You are so special.

I think you are awesome.

I love being your mom.

I love seeing you smile.

I appreciate you so much.

Being around you is so fun.

I love hearing you laugh.

You fill my heart with joy.

With these 30 new phrases, you can choose one for each day of the month. Just think of how you will build your child’s self esteem, encourage their growth and instill caring values within them. Being a parent is so much easier when our children are happy and independent.


Carrie Kube is a Director for Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board and can be reached at. All thoughts and opinions expressed are that of the author and not the Board and/or its community partners.