Words of encouragement for adolescent

Words of encouragement for adolescent

  • Actively listening to them
  • Hugging them
  • Spending one-on-one time with them
  • Not judging them
  • Valuing their thoughts and opinions
  • Helping create opportunities to hang with friends or have their friends visit
  • Noticing when they are doing something well.
  • Saying words of encouragement even when they are not doing so well
  • Smiling at them
  • Showing interest in their interests
  • Finding ways for them to pursue their interests and activities
  • Keeping the wonder of learning alive
  • Having a meal together
  • Showing respect to them
  • Praying with them and for them
  • Treating them as an equal
  • Not nagging
  • Discussing their future together and getting excited about it
  • Exposing them to positive role models
  • Helping them research goals and the steps needed to reach them
  • Having coffee together
  • Doing some school alongside them every day, no matter what their age
  • Knowing their love language and using it towards them
  • Using an equal balance of love and discipline
  • Helping them get their first job
  • Liking and enjoying their friends
  • Helping them identify how their behavior moves them toward (or perhaps away) from their goals.
  • Letting them know they do have power, because they tend to concentrate on what they aren’t allowed to do rather than establishing themselves as responsible individuals ready and capable of handling more.
  • Staying up late to talk when they come in
  • Listening to their music
  • Giving them the benefit of the doubt
  • Watching their presentations and performances and sports games
  • Letting them plan their day
  • Sitting down with them to plan their day
  • Driving them places cheerfully
  • Leaving them notes
  • Making their favorite dinner
  • Asking questions about what they like and don’t like
  • Admitting when you’re wrong
  • Letting them vent
  • Communicating with them with enthusiasm and affection
  • Sharing stories about your own teen years with them
  • Reminding them of the long-range reasons why they are doing something
  • Playing video games with them
  • Buying them gas for their car
  • Trusting them
  • Reminding them how they have helped you or others
  • Putting them in social contexts where they can be encouraged by adults other than you
  • Point to past successes like learning to tie their shoes and reading. They thought those were so hard to ever accomplish but look at them now!
  • Giving them important tasks to do to show that you rely on them
  • I love you.
  • Embrace this unique opportunity of learning without pressure.
  • Never forget to have fun during the journey.
  • One day at a time.
  • Say positive things about who they are.
  • I’m on your side.
  • I’m only trying to help you get to where YOU want to go — where is that?
  • HOW can I help you get to where you want to go?
  • Now is the time to take big risks, to do it even though you are scared, because we have your back. No matter what happens, we’re here if you “fail” in a way that we can’t be once you’re out on their own, so NOW is the time to test yourself and really see what you can do!
  • You can’t fail anything unless you give up.
  • We do get do-overs.
  • Who do you answer to?
  • What you do today impacts your future.
  • You can accomplish anything you are willing to work for.
  • We are in this together.
  • God has a plan and a purpose for all of us, in everything. Stick with His plan, and trust it.
  • Our strengths were planned ahead of birth. Our weaknesses are of no surprise to him. The world is full of unique people and each of them is an incredible gift.
  • What do you want, where are you going, and what do you need?
  • The choice of how you behave and what you do is how you establish your own personal power.
  • Explore your interests now, because you might not be as freely able to later.
  • Thank you.
  • You wouldn’t know what a good day was if you didn’t have a few bad ones.
  • I will not give up on you.
  • You are my favorite (fill in the blank).
  • God loves you even more than I do.
  • Being beautiful (or handsome) on the inside is more important than on the outside.
  • I’m sorry.
  • I love (fill in the blank) about you.
  • You are doing a good job.
  • Everyone has things to work on.
  • Who do you know that has what you want, and how did they get it?
  • A change is as good as a rest — try something else for awhile.
  • I respect the way you handled that.
  • Will you forgive me for (fill in the blank)?
  • Don’t think of life’s sufferings and trials as things to be avoided, but instead as paths to human triumph.
  • Tricia at Hodgepodge.me – Just work on one thing for 15 minutes. Then take a break. Come back, do something else for 15 minutes. Then get some coffee or a cup of ice cream. Work some more. Then go for a walk. You will be amazed what you can accomplish in small spurts and with a change of scenery for inspiration.
  • Heidi at Starts at Eight – TPOPT = The Power of Positive Thinking. And your best is ALWAYS good enough!
  • Amy at Rock Your Homeschool – Stay true to yourself and your beliefs. Shine with the light God has given you. And always the golden rule!
  • Stacey at Layered Soul – I am always on the lookout for good choices and actions…so I can let them know that I noticed…and that I am proud of them for doing the hard things. Yes, sometimes they roll their eyes at me…but at least I know they heard me.
  • Shelly at There’s No Place Like Home – You know yourself more than anyone. I will always take that into consideration, and so should you.
  • Mary at Not Before 7 – I love to encourage my teen by paying attention to her growth, accomplishments, and positive attempts at change. This includes character but I also include accomplishments on her YouTube channel or Instagram! She loves when I notice what she is doing. And these compliments are fun to deliver over frappuccinos so we can reconnect.
  • Adrienne at The Mommy Mess – My son’s love language is food! I love to bake something special or cook his favorite dinner when he needs a little extra fuel in his love tank.
  • Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus – My teen boys said the best thing I did was to help them get started on time so that as they got to be teenagers they didn’t need the prodding. And I will always be ready to listen more and give less advice unless they requested the feedback.
  • Amber at Classic Housewife – How I encourage them depends on which kid and what’s going on. One might just need a hug with no talking. The other might appreciate some kind words, or a written note, or some brownies. All of them need and enjoy positive reinforcement that says “Hey, I saw that good thing you did there, or how hard you tried, and that was awesome.” But I also think the relationship has to be in a good place for them to believe it. And one thing I’ve always tried to do with my kids is to share their interests, try to participate sometimes, and listen to them talk about them for hours, etc. You know, like Minecraft. 
  • Tina at The Homeschool Resource Roadmap – You are a unique individual – designed by God to be like no one else. Let’s work together to figure out His plan and purpose for you and make it happen.
  • “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” — 1 Timothy 4:12
  • “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” — Exodus 20:12
  • “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” — Ephesians 4:29
  • “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” — Psalm 119:9
  • “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11
  • “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” — Proverbs 1:8-9
  • “You know what I think? I think that if a young woman doesn’t engage in the act of occasionally wishing on a star or a flower or a birthday cake full of candles, then we’re forfeiting one of the sweetest whimsies of our youth.” — Robin Jones Gunn
  • “You never know how the tough times you are going through today will inspire someone else tomorrow.” ― Tim Tebow
  • “There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to realize that being set aside is actually God’s call for her to be set apart.” — Lysa TerKeurst
  • “God isn’t afraid to answer your honest, ugly prayers.” Luke Lezon
  • “When we chase validation instead of sanctification, we never find a reprieve from our own self-doubt.” — Kayla Aimee
  • “There’s nothing wrong with starting small if you just keep going. You just take what you have, whether it’s a little idea or a little bit of extra time or a little bit of money, and you make the most of it. You do the best you can with that little bit, and you keep working at it, and pretty soon it will grow. It might even get so big that the whole world knows about it someday.” — Sadie Robertson
  • “But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” — Francis Chan
  • “Your beliefs shape your attitudes!” — Andy Stanley
  • “Don’t worry about getting perfect, just keep getting better.” — Frank E. Peretti
  • “God created each one of us in our own unique way. Just like a snowflake we all hold a blueprint that differs one from another. It’s great to lose weight and keep our bodies healthy and strong, but it’s also important that we appreciate who we are today – with or without extra pounds.” — Candace Cameron Bure
  • “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that God is a very creative author, and He writes a different story for every person. No two lives or stories alike.” — Robin Jones Gunn
  • “I kept searching for another half when what I needed was to be whole.” — Kayla Aimee
  • “‘I’m not who that guy says I am. I’m not who that girl says I am. I’m not who social media likes and comments say I am. I’m not who the grades, to-do lists, messes, and mess ups say I am. I’m not who the scale says I am or the sum total of what my flaws say I am. I’m going to stop flirting with the unstable things of this world so I can fall completely in love with You. I am loved. I am held. I am Yours. I am forever Yours.’ The more intimacy like this that I have with God, the more secure my true identity is.” — Lysa TerKeurst
  • “Right now you are in training for a trial you’re not yet in. Public victory comes from private discipline.” ― Levi Lusko
  • “We all have a choice, after all, to be our own person, to be the person we wish to be.” ― Melanie Dickerson
  • “But the more you make the choice to live above your feelings, to trust God instead of what you may feel like doing, the stronger your faith becomes. It’s not about being perfect. We will always been on a journey of growing closer to God.” ― Tim Tebow
  • “God does not waste an ounce of our pain or a drop of our tears; suffering doesn’t come our way for no reason, and He seems efficient at using what we endure to mold character. If we are malleable, He takes our bumps and bruises and shapes them into something beautiful.” — Frank E. Peretti
  • “There will never be another woman who owns the look, the personality, and the experience that you do. Those ingredients make up the recipe that defines who you are, and it’s your gift from the Lord – own it.” — Candace Cameron Bure
  • “Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.” — Andy Stanley
  • “I never want fear to stop me from doing anything else in my life. I never want fear to make me say no again. I never want fear to be even the slightest problem for me. And if I ever have just a tiny fearful thought, I want to be able to say no to it immediately.” — Sadie Robertson
  • “Don’t allow the opinions of other people to shape your concept of him. Get to know him yourself, and let the goodness of God change you from the inside out.” — Judah Smith
  • “When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.” ― Morgan Harper Nichols
  • “Discerning God’s calling is more a relationship than a route, more journey than destination. It’s about who you are becoming more than where you are going. Perhaps it’s less about what you do and more about how well you do whatever you do.” ― Levi Lusko

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