20 Positive Affirmations to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Positive affirmations are important in building a child’s self-esteem. It can be difficult to remember to give our kids affirming words, particularly when life is busy or if we naturally focus on what needs improvement. It takes being intentional and aware of their impact.

In order to help, we put together a list of affirmations you can use. Don’t worry about whether your kids will catch on that you’re saying the same things over and over again. Repetition will help the words sink in and become part of how they see themselves. So pick a few and say them later today or tomorrow. Observe how your child responds and keep speaking affirmations. They work. Here is a list of 20 positive affirmations to tell your kids.

  1. I love you. (You can never tell kids this enough.)
  2. I appreciate you.
  3. I believe in you.
  4. I love how you care about others.
  5. I’m proud of you and of who you are.
  6. My life is better with you in it.
  7. You are enough just as you are.
  8. You are fun to have around.
  9. You are excellent at ________.
  10. God has a purpose and plan for your life.
  11. You are beautiful/handsome.
  12. You are courageous.
  13. You are wonderfully unique.
  14. You are talented.
  15. You are a good friend.
  16. You have really great ideas.
  17. You are a gift to our family.
  18. You are a great kid. It’s a privilege to know you.
  19. You make a positive difference wherever you go.
  20. I love the sound of your voice.

Here are 100 more affirmations in case you need even more ideas!

Sound off: What are some other positive affirmations to tell your kids?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What is something you can say to someone else that will make his or her day?”