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10 Meaningful Compliments We Need to Give Our Kids

complimentBy Yolanda Spivey

Often times, children look towards their parents to give them compliments to help boost their self-esteem.  And often times, instead of giving compliments, parents criticize their children for not being “good enough.”

Complimenting your children not only elevates their identity, it also encourages them to improve further.  It inspires them to want to be better and do better and builds their self confidence.

Acknowledging your children is the one of the best things you can do, no matter what age they are.  Here are 10 meaningful compliments we need to give to our children in their lifetimes:

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  1. Compliment their character– When your children demonstrate an honest, trustworthy character, they should hear it from you.
  2. Compliment obedience and respect– Often times, children hear their parents disapproval when they demonstrate bad behavior.  Complimenting them on their good behavior will encourage them to continue to be obedient and respectful.
  3. Compliment them for being part of the family– By letting your child know you are happy to see them would make them feel love and accepted.
  4. Compliment contributions to the family– Allow your child to feel included and let them know that what they do for the family helps everyone in the long run.
  5. Compliment the quality of their work– When your child does a good job, especially to your expectations, let them hear it.
  6. Compliment the effort, even when the results are not the best– Let your child know that you appreciate their efforts even when it’s not up to your expectations.
  7. Compliment when they achieve something new– Let your child know that they are doing an awesome job in achieving milestones.  It will allow them set new goals and it will encourage them to meet them.
  8. Compliment their sense of style– Their style may not be the same exact taste that you have, but you should compliment them for their individualistic ideals.
  9. Compliment steps towards a long-term goal– Let your child know that you appreciate their trying and reaching a goal that they have set out for themselves.
  10. Compliment their friends– If you truly feel that your child has picked a great friend to hang around with, let them know.  You should also be honest if you feel that their friend is no good for them.

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One thought on “10 Meaningful Compliments We Need to Give Our Kids

  1. Jessy

    Hi there! I am a female with brown skin and I was homeschooled for the first half of my gradeschool experience, so I want this website to succeed! Therefore, I need someone to fix the typo in item 6. ‘Compliment the effort, even when the results is not the best’ should actually read ‘…when the results ARE not the best…’

    Afterward, please delete this comment. You have my permission. Thanks so much and all the best to you!


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