20 Best Posts on How To Encourage Your Child

Words of affirmation, encouragement, and affection:  our children need us to be generous with these gifts.  I recently wrote a post called 10 Ways to Encourage Your Spouse.  I intended to follow that up with 10 Ways to Encourage Your Children- but when I noticed that what I wrote for spouses, overlapped with what I wanted to write about encouraging our kids, I decided that rather than be repetitive, that, instead, I would share some favorite posts that I’ve found on other blogs, on the topic of encouragement for our children.

These are all posts that I’ve found helpful, as I’ve set an intention to be the kind of parent who’s a generous source of encouragement toward my children.  I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I have.

20 Best Blog Posts on How To Encourage Your Child


1. 101 Words of Affirmation Every Child Wants to Hear, by Matthew Jacobson

“Do you recognize the need to build up your children every day, too? This list of phrases will encourage the child who hears them from a sincere parent.”

2.The Best Way for a Mom to Show Love to Her Son, by Lisa Jacobson, for Club 31 Women

“What would you say was the best thing I did for you?

Soon to take off for college across the country, I couldn’t help asking before he left. In our years together, what had mattered most? Between mother and son.”

3. Mother-Son Bucket List, by Susan Merrill

“Moms, I want to encourage you to create a bucket list with your son.  Fill your days together with plans, with dreams, and with adventure!  Find things you both love and are passionate about, then chase recklessly after those dreams!”

4.Mother-Daughter Bucket List, by Susan Merrill

“It’s a list with no age limit and no deadline.  Personalize it to fit your own interests and your girls’ ages.  Just remember: It’s not about how many items you cross off, but rather that you complete them together.”

5.The Power of a Mother’s Words, by Katie, I Choose Brave

“I left home 17 years ago – I’ve almost lived away from my parents as long as I lived with them – yet my mom’s voice still plays in my head at times.  Somewhere deep, almost subconscious, my mom’s words shape my reflexes, effect my thinking, sway my decisions.”

6. One Way We Unintentionally Shame Our Kids, by Rosalind Jukic

“If we want our children to be respectful, they must feel respected.”

7. 10 Bible Verses to Encourage Your Student Athlete, by Holly for Ministry of Hope

“No matter what sport(s) our student-athletes participate in, they all need little doses of encouragement along the way.”

8. 5 Reasons to Really Listen to Your Child, by Jennifer for Satisfaction in Christ

“If the God of all creation —the One whose words bore the power of willing the entire universe into existence —can condescend to devote His attention to my meager utterances, completely insignificant by comparison…just because He loves me, how much more should I stoop a mere few inches to the little faces of my children and really listen to the heart behind their words?”

9. 95 Ways to Show Your Child Love, by Jenn, Busy Being Blessed

10. 21 Questions Your Daughter Really Needs You To Ask Her, by Lisa Jacobson, Club 31 Women

11. 42 Ways to Make Your Kids Feel Absolutely Loved, By Erica, Let Why Lead

12.The #1 Way to Connect with Your Child, by Sarah Ann, Faith Along the Way

“I’ve realized the #1 way to connect with your child is quality time.”

13. Make Time for Your Kids, by Starla for The Brown Tribe

14. 10 Compliments Your Kids Need to Hear, by imom

15. 5 Ways to Encourage Your Stressed Child, by Christy, for Club 31 Women

16. 100 Ways to Be Kind to Your Child, by Alyssa for Creative with Kids

17. A Mother Daughter Tea Tradition, by Arabah Joy

18. How to Keep and Deepen Relationship with Your Teen Son, The MOB Society

19.Lunchbox Notes: 50 Free Printable Sets, by Glamumous

20. Love Notes and Care Packages (this is something I wrote- and it comes with a free printable)


I don’t think it’s possible to spoil our kids with too much with love, affection and encouragement.  As Christian parents, our most important job is to point our kids toward a relationship with their Heavenly Father.  I believe that a parent child relationship that models the type of lavish, generous love that our Father above shows to us (combined with prayer and teaching) is a powerful way to do just that.  These links that I’ve shared offer some great suggestions, which I hope will encourage you, as you seek to encourage your children.  


Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. Psalm 116:5