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25 Inspirational Quotes & Words Of Encouragement To Share With Your Kids

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25 Inspirational Quotes, Positive Affirmations & Words Of Encouragement To Share With Your Kids

The words you choose matter a lot in parenting. Your kids are impressionable, and language — words — embodies thought, which is why choosing the right words of encouragement matters.

As a parent, you want your kids to be the best they can be, to feel good about themselves, to live fulfilling lives and, ultimately, be happy children that become happy adults. And since your children are look to you for words of encouragement and to be a role model, giving them positive affirmations and inspirational quotes to draw from when they're in uncertain situations can be incredibly empowering.

When they hear your words, their minds open to new possibilities. This starts when your kids are very young and continues until their brains are fully developed at about age 25. So, when you want to be a good parent and give your kids the best possible chance of growing into happy, healthy adults, fostering a growth mindset is key.

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Laying a foundation before your child reaches his or her teenage years is especially important because that’s when they’re exploring who they are, building their self-esteem, and facing numerous obstacles. What you say to them can make the difference between them getting discouraged and feeling empowered.

One way to inspire your kids and build their resilience at the same time is to share thought-provoking stories, sayings of hope, or inspirational quotes. They’ll feel good about themselves, realize they aren’t alone, and be open to the rich possibilities life has to offer.

And the good news is there are a ton of inspirational quotes for kids can you use to better your parenting skills and help your kids develop a good base of self-love and respect to draw from, no matter the circumstance.

Here are 25 inspirational quotes and words of encouragement to share with your kids and lift them up:

1. Believe in yourself.

Everyone has periods of self-doubt but hang on. You can do anything if you just believe you can.

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine." — Roy T. Bennett

2. Don’t lose hope.

It may not seem like it, but your dreams are just around the corner.

“Never give up, for that is the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

3. Think positively.

It’s so much better to think good thoughts than miserable ones. Choose happiness.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dhal

4. Control your "controllables."

Life will throw you curve balls; that’s a given. What is controllable is your reaction to what’s thrown at you.

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have.” — Jim Rohn

5. Dream a big dream.

Don’t let logic or any person get in the way of what you want to do. Follow your heart and your dreams.

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” — Albert Einstein

6. Progress, not perfection.

Life isn’t about winning the game; it’s the journey. And along the road, you make mistakes, learn from them and keep getting better.

“Winning doesn’t mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” — Bonnie Blair

7. Bravely go for your dreams.

Block out the naysayers. You know the truth: Your dreams matter.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

8. To err is human.

Making mistakes is part of the human condition, necessary even. It’s OK to fall down, change direction or color outside the lines.

“No one is perfect … that’s why pencils have erasers.” — Wolfgang Riebe

9. You have a chance to make a difference.

You have one life to lead, and an opportunity to make your mark. If you’re unhappy with something, change it. If you see an injustice, do something about it.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

10. Do not be overwhelmed by how far you have to go. Focus on the small goal right in front of you.

You get where you need to go not by giant leaps but by baby steps forward. Break everything down into manageable steps and mark your progress.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

11. The world is your oyster.

You have the ability to achieve anything you imagine. Envision the life you want to lead, then seize every opportunity in your path.

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.” — Muhammad Ali

12. Live in the now.

You can be too busy living in the future that you forget about the beauty of the here and now. Plan, yes, and experience your life in the moment.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘the present.’” — Alice Morse Earle

13. You can decide your future.

No one can chart your course but you. It’s your life to lead and you know best how to live it.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go…” — Dr. Seuss

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14. You can’t avoid life’s lessons.

You can’t skip over the hard parts. You have to live each painful lesson and come out wiser on your own.

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Helen Keller

15. Face your fears head-on.

The only way out of a situation is through it. It doesn’t mean it won’t be scary, but if you hold onto what you want instead of what you fear, the journey will be endurable.

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” — Bethany Hamilton

16. Take chances.

If you never put yourself out there, you’ll never reap the rewards. Try, and try again, and you’ll eventually score.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

17. It’s normal to feel a little lost; and, sometimes it’s even necessary.

Feeling lost and alone gives you a chance to reflect on who you are, what you want, and how you’re going to get there. There’s clarity and hope on the other side of fogginess and despair.

“Not until we are lost … do we begin to find ourselves…” — Henry David Thoreau

18. To find yourself, look within yourself.

You can look for answers in new experiences and far-off places, but the only journey worth taking is the one that leads you to understand yourself. Journal, meditate, and discover your true self.

“The only journey is the one within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

19. Be brave in your own way.

You don’t have to leap tall buildings in a single bound or fight off villains. Courage takes many forms and different timelines. Stretch yourself, and I’ll always be proud of you.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

20. You decide your reaction.

Block out the noise of other people’s opinions and listen to your own truth. You can choose how you feel about yourself. Choose to feel strong and empowered.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

21. There are no boundaries around what you can do.

There are enough hurdles in life not to artificially create more of your own. The sky is the limit!

“Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.” — Richard Bach

22. Be proud of who you are.

Living someone else’s life will never make you happy. Do what you love. Love who you love. Most of all, love yourself.

“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” — Eckhart Tolle

23. Follow your heart. Always.

Nothing matters — not wealth, not material things — except what you feel. When you face difficulty, ask yourself: “What do I feel?” and “What do I want to feel?” Then, move in that direction.

“The most important things in life cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

24. You can do whatever you set your mind to do.

Don’t let anything stop you from living your best life.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined…” — Henry David Thoreau

25. Shine bright.

You have beautiful gifts to bring to the world. Nurture them and share them, and let others see your sparkle.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Share inspiring messages like these with your children. Notice how hearing them shifts the way they think about their circumstances, boosts their confidence, and encourages them to believe in themselves and their futures.

Keep these inspirational quotes handy, and inspire yourself, too.

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Lisa Petsinis is a certified life coach who works with dedicated moms that want to give their best to their families and create a life they’ll love. Visit her website or contact her for a free empowerment call, and jumpstart the changes you want in your life, beginning today.

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