Words of Encouragement

Words of encouragement. A small gift that can help a person blossom as a step is taken into the unknown.

As a teacher of young children, I spend a lot of my day encouraging children to do their best – or even to try new things. I encourage a girl to speak up and use her voice in order to ask for what she needs; I encourage a boy to try some art and to move away from only using blocks to create; I encourage a child to try writing a few letters; I encourage a student to sound out words and try read what has been printed in a book. These words of encouragement have become a an integral part of me: “You can do it!”; “All I ask is that you do your best”; “I am so proud of you for trying”.

Giving words of encouragement takes so little effort and yet can seem so much to the one receiving them. I think back on my life and I know that I have done many things because there was someone who encouraged me: going to university; travelling to Europe on my own in my early twenties; beginning my career as a teacher; getting my driver’s licence; cooking my first meal for my friends; dancing in competitions. Remembering this I now try to encourage my own children to try what they tentatively think of doing: whether it is to try out for a team sport, or to get involved in a club at school. In this way, I hope they gain the confidence to step into the unknown.

What have you been encouraged to do recently?

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Encouragement)


39 thoughts on “Words of Encouragement

  1. I am encouraged by the inspiration and encourage I receive from reading others postS, such as yours, each day. Keep up the good works, you are appreciated.



  2. There should be more people like you Colline. Encouragment surely can go a long way hon and your beautiful daughters are blessed as you were. Thanks for sharing hon and keep up the great work. 😀 *big hugs*


  3. This is so very true!
    I have found the most effective educators seem to have the knack of putting the positive first. Even a poor effort is examined for some good aspect, and that is highlighted and praised before the negative features are addressed.


  4. So true Colline. My entire life was shaped by a teacher in High School who taught us to appreciate the rest of the world and to travel to experience it. Her love of her subject and her students was obvious to us all.


  5. These children will remember you and your words of encouragement always. And how wonderful that you try to get the girls to use their voice to ask for what they want, and to steer the boys towards art.


  6. I think your words of encouragement will stay with your students. Giving someone a voice, an artistic outlet, having a cheering section is so important, as you know, to children. And adults need their encouragement, too — I’m glad folks encouraged you to pursue your dreams and your aspirations.


  7. Words of encouragement inspires & motivates people to do good and strive their best. They help create a better, kinder world. You are a blessing to our young minds and all the teachers out there. My son’s eyes glows with a big smile on his face whenever his teacher gives him a positive compliment. Happy New Year!


    1. It is so important for young children to have a teacher that helps them glow and desire to go to school. It is in this way they can be excited about learning new skills.


  8. I wish I had more teachers like you when I was in grade school. Too many of them were harsh and standoffish. A different time, I guess. You’re doing a great job and your students are lucky.


    1. Those types of teachers do exist as my daughters have had them. The better teachers, I find, are those who make a connection with the children in their care and address their needs.


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