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

“A big part of preventing bad behavior... is encouraging good behavior when you see it.”

- Sabrina Shafer, Esq.

27 Encouraging Phrases to Motivate Your Child

Sabrina Shafer I Jan 2019

Ever feel like the only words that come out of your mouth are direct orders?

And a quick “good job” doesn’t cut it.  Instead of focusing on positive internal qualities, they put the emphasis on outward praise, which does nothing to promote good behavior in the future. 

Encouragement (a type of reinforcement) can be as simple as, “You really worked hard!” Here are a few examples to try around your house:


“Empty the trash, be nice to your sister, quit jumping on the couch!!!” A big part of preventing bad behavior, however, is encouraging the good behavior when you see it.