Four Ways to Motivate…
Four Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Finish Their Awana Handbooks
1. Set goals with them
2. Work with them
3. Reward/Praise them
4. Prioritize their involvement
Encouraging words have great power. As Mark Twain wrote, â€œI can live for two months on a good compliment.â€
This is also true of our children. Encouragement can inspire them to do whatâ€™s right, work hard and seek to grow in their walk with Christ.
Proverbs 12:18 says: Reckless words pierce like a sword,Â but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
If reckless words can pierce, why is it easier to spend more time correcting and criticizing kids than encouraging them? Weâ€™re all guilty of this far too often.
If youâ€™d like to increase your verbal encouragement of your kids, try one of the following phrases each day this month. Most of these phrases can apply to kids of a variety of ages and for a range of situations.
1. I believe in you.
2. Thanks so much for the way you handled that situation.
3. I really appreciate the way you did that.
4. I like spending time with you.
5. You did a great job putting your toys away.
6. You have a beautiful smile.
7. Iâ€™m so thankful God chose me to be your dad (or mom).
8. My life would be pretty boring without you.
9. That was a fabulous idea you came up with.
10. Way to go!
11. You showed a lot of courage in that situation.
12. Letâ€™s work on it together.
13. I couldnâ€™t have done it without you.
14. Thatâ€™s awesome!
15. You did the right thing, even when no one was watching; that shows youâ€™re a person of integrity.
16. Iâ€™m very proud of you.
17. Hey, thanks.
18. Iâ€™m sorry.
19. Youâ€™re a lot of fun to be with.
20. I can tell youâ€™ve been working hard.
21. I just love spending time with you.
22. I appreciate the way you thought that through.
23. Iâ€™m so glad you are my child.
24. You really understand how to be a good friend to others.
25. Thanks for helping even when I donâ€™t ask.
26. You are a true blessing to me.
27. You did a wonderful job.
28. I love your heart.
29. Iâ€™m so glad I get to be your parent.
30. You are so special.
31. I knew you could do it.
What phrases of encouragement did your dad or mom use with you?