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Encouraging Words For Kids [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Bartlett
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Encouraging Words for Kids" gives parents over 150 examples of phrases to say that inspire a child's confidence and self-motivation. Encouragement is about drawing forth a child's own drive to work hard and do what's right without being told; this book shows you how to get there. It is a guide that parents can turn to again and again whenever they need a dose of inspiration in creating positive communication with their kids.

Editorial Reviews


"If you've heard that praise isn't the best way to develop your child's inner compass but you're not sure what to say instead, Kelly Bartlett has written the book for you. Her new ebook clears up any confusion about the difference between praise and encouragement, and her examples of parent-child interactions illustrate beautifully why children respond so differently when you evaluate them with approval than when you empower them with acceptance. Best of all, the book has a number of actual phrase lists that you can keep handy to help you express your encouragement, appreciation, and support for your child. A positive, encouraging, and practical book for parents!"
~Dr. Laura Markham, founder of Aha! Parenting

"This is the guide that every parent needs. Kelly Bartlett helps parents know not just what to do, but what to say. She understands the importance of trusting children to find their way and gives practical guidance to parents to help this process along with love and compassion. Kelly honors the child's growing sense of self, and she teaches parents how to teach their children to love and respect themselves--to grow emotional intelligence." 
~Bonnie Harris, author of When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You'll Love to Live With.

"With lots of practical examples and stories, Encouraging Words for Kids is extremely helpful in understanding how to encourage kids to develop confidence, motivation and self-discipline. Highly recommended!"
~Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time...

Product Details

  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OH52G2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redefined the interaction between my daughter and me November 26, 2012
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I read "Encouraging Words for Kids" the first day it was released on the recommendation of a trusted friend. Immediately it's message hit home for me. I don't have a problem child and there isn't anything particularly wrong with my relationship with my daughter, but I did feel that I had become a praise machine and that the praise I was giving out was having a smaller and smaller effect. Worse, I had noticed that at times, school in particular, my daughter had become almost unnaturally attached to praise. She would sacrifice her recesses to stay in and help the teacher, or try to "act like a grown up" (a phrase, sadly, she had distilled from my praising how grown up she was acting). She made no bones about telling me that she was doing these things for the praise from people. I could feel we were into unhealthy territory and was already beginning to worry about how this outlook she was developing would manifest itself in approval seeking later in life. And then I read this book. Kelly distills to it's essence the problems that can arrise from too much or inappropriate praise of children. She lays out the way it is perceived by the child in a way that makes me wonder if she can read kids minds. It's so easy to understand and gentle in it's advice. Like talking to a good friend. She then lays out both a general idea for a better way to encourage your children and specific examples to translate that notion into practice. I have found NO trouble in changing the phraseology I use when talking to my daughter but the results in the way it has changed HER outlook have been incredible. Already she has nearly stopped acting in order to get praise and has begun creating values for herself and acting on those values. Importantly, I am now able to help define those values WITH her... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 27, 2014
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Great book to read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful June 23, 2014
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This book helped me to see how encouraging your child instead of just giving them praise is entirely more meaningful. I always knew that but it spells it out and does it very simply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful February 7, 2014
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Very helpful in thinking about how to talk to your children. Great partnered with positive discipline. Thank you for this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful phrases December 31, 2013
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This book has some great phrases to put into use with kids every day. I appreciate the useful "toolkit" of phrases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Try this encouraging words! December 6, 2013
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There is much more that just "good job". This encouraging is really working on my son. Give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful September 30, 2013
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Really great to have a concrete application for positive parenting. Helpful for getting out of the "good job" rut. I've been trying to say as little as possible. Our facial expressions & body language are just as important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 25, 2013
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Very good on how to talk to a child w low self esteem. Loved how it teaches you the difference in praise and encouraging words. Didn't think the writing was very good but the information was great
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read you can implement straight away.
So easy to read and understand. A short book you could finish during lunch. Practical and accessible, you can start using the advice straight away. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement for One and All
I've studied articles and chapters on the adverse effect of praise, but here, wonderfully and finally, is a clear, concise and exemplary explanation for using encouragement over... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great practical guide to move beyond praise
This book is a real great tool for parents who want to establish positive connection with their children and want to move beyond catch phrases and mindless praise. Two thumbs up.
Published 21 months ago by Laura @Authentic Parenting
5.0 out of 5 stars A help, a relief, and loving lifesaver
This book showed me how to truly show love to my children, and how to treat them as people who will be responsible for themselves and their happiness as adults.
Published 21 months ago by Laura Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book filled with so many practical examples
I had heard the concepts laid out in this book before, though they are laid out very clearly and effectively here. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. Shallow
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information and easy to understand
It's very easy to forget how important are our words when delivered to our children. This book helps you to refocus on what's really important: your child, and provides with very... Read more
Published 22 months ago by A. Ricardez
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More About the Author

Kelly Bartlett is a parent educator and writer with a focus on child development, family relationships, and discipline. She holds a BA in biology and secondary education as well as two additional certifications as a parent educator with The Positive Discipline Association and a leader with Attachment Parenting International. Kelly's articles have been published in parenting magazines all over the world, and she is a regular contributor for "Nurture" and "The Attached Family" magazines on the topic of positive discipline. She blogs at


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