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Parents’ Words of Encouragement to Children

Encouraging words can have a strong impact in a child’s life. Parents who encourage their children by using positive reinforcement are building their identity each day. Children are identifying their strengths with the help of meaningful words of honesty and descriptive details about their actions.

Benefits of Using Positive Reinforcement Words

  • Improves self-motivation
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Tend to stay on tasks longer
  • More likely to repeat behavior that earns praise

Using Meaningful Words of Honesty

Giving sincere words to your child can encourage certain behavior. Children are able to reflect and think about their own behavior when given praise and honesty.

For Example:

Don’t: You’re a genius!

Do: You came up with such good answers for that first question.

Don’t: You did very good!

Do: I like the way you came up with that idea on your own.

Using Descriptive Words

When you see positive actions coming from you child, point out a specific detail of their performance and describe what behavior led to good results; by using detailed words your child is able to recognize that you are paying attention and will keep them motivated to impress you.

For Example:

Don’t: That’s pretty!

Do: I like the way you are using different colors for your drawing.

Don’t: Good Job!

Do: That was kind of you to share your cookie.

Using encouraging words and recognizing your child’s efforts rather than their achievements supports their development and most importantly their self-esteem. Children will continue to gain passion and motivation with your support and encouragement.


Crystal MacielCFA Intern
Crystal is interning with the Children’s Foundation of America this spring as she completes her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Cal State San Bernardino. She has earned an associate’s degree in child development at Chaffey College and plans to continue her education with a mater’s degree in social work. Crystal’s career goals are to advocate for children, support families in need of assistance and to help children cope with problems in everyday life. Crystal’s work experience includes care of children toddler to 5 years of age and has worked for three years with children and adults with disabilities. In Crystal’s free time, she enjoys going to art galleries, sewing, gardening and painting.

3 Nature Art Projects for Kids

Exploring nature is a great way to get outside and create bonding experiences with friends and family. In this blog, we will learn to experience nature by utilizing the senses to create art.

Activity 1: Rock Painting

For this activity, we will use our sense of touch and sight. Materials needed are paint, paint brushes and rocks.

  • This activity can take place from a picnic table to the floor.
  • We suggest using newspaper underneath to catch paint spills.
  • Once you have found several rocks to paint on, lay them out on your work space.
  • Use the paint brushes and paint to begin painting.

Activity 2: Drawing Nature

This activity involves using the sense of sight, smell and sound to observe the world around us. Materials need to fill your backpack are craft paper, markers, crayons and other items that you might need to be capture nature.

  • Find a comfortable spot to sit at the park and start drawing what comes to your attention. What are the things that inspire you from the nature around you?
  • After the drawing is done, discuss why the scene was picked.

Activity 3: Leaf Painting

In this final activity, we will use the sense of touch to experience textures and sight to explore color. Materials needed for this project are paint, paint brushes, white paper and leaves.

  • Go to your backyard or the park and find leaves that you think are unique.
  • Choose the leaf you will paint with the color of your choice. You can even be more creative in mixing the colors together.
  • Once you have painted the leaf, press the painted side onto the white paper. You will notice a better visual of how the leaf is formed.

Crystal Maciel, CFA Intern
Crystal is interning with the Children’s Foundation of America this spring as she completes her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Cal State San Bernardino. She has earned an associate’s degree in child development at Chaffey College and plans to continue her education with a mater’s degree in social work. Crystal’s career goals are to advocate for children, support families in need of assistance and to help children cope with problems in everyday life. Crystal’s work experience includes care of children toddler to 5 years of age and has worked for three years with children and adults with disabilities. In Crystal’s free time, she enjoys going to art galleries, sewing, gardening and painting.