Have you ever noticed that it doesn’t matter if your kids are in kindergarten or high school, getting out the door in the morning and on to school is never an easy task? In fact, its one of the most frustrating routines in most families and can cause a lot of disconnect. With anxiety high, worry looming, and everyone rushing, sometimes even the best intentions come out wrong and we leave our kids with words that might not be the most encouraging to start their day. More often than not we are stumbling for words and we mutter a “Have a Good Day” as our children stumble out away from us. However, what if we had a list of encouraging alternatives to Have a Good Day that set our kids up for the best they can be?
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Just the other day in our sensory support group, someone asked “What words do you say to your child with SPD, as you send them off to school each day?” Immediately, I started following the thread, because can’t we all use encouraging phrases to say to your child before school each day? I know, I can!
In fact, I can vividly remember the days of my son with SPD in public school. Saying “Have a good day” never seemed to cut it. The truth is, some days just weren’t very good.
With the permission of the members of my sensory support group, I have gathered some of these simple encouraging phrases and made a list that is easy for you to use, hang on your fridge or keep in your car. Whether you homeschool or traditional school, we all can use a little encouragement each morning. Goodness, I could stand to hear these myself.
30 Encouraging Phrases to Say to Your Child Instead of “Have a Great Day”
“You are awesome”
“You can handle it”
“I’m so proud of you.”
“I love you”
“Today’s going to be a great day! I can feel it!”
“Don’t stop, never give up, hold your head high and reach the top! ”
“You’re gonna rock it in your school shoes (thanks to this book)”
“I’m excited to see you tackle __________ today!”
“You are an awesome kid.”
“I believe in you.”
“You are my pride and joy.”
“Have fun and learn lots.”
“Have a safe day”
“Make good choices.”
“Mama always comes back (from this book)”
“Have a great day… but if you don’t… that’s okay too!”
“See you later, alligator.”
“You are strong, smart, and capable.”
“Have a rock n’ roll day!”
“Enjoy your new day.”
“Whatever will be will be, the future is not ours to see.”
“You make me proud.”
“Close your eyes and picture your day.”
“I know you will do your best.”
“You don’t have to be perfect to have a great day!”
“You’ve got this.”
“See you soon”
“Today is a new day.”
Finally, every single day I send my son off to public school, I give him a big hug, smile and say “Remember, what’s the number one rule?”
He always looks at me, winks and says… “I know Mom, have fun and do my best!”
You got it, bud!
Now, you know just as much as I do that some times even the right words won’t make for a perfect day. Especially if you have a child who struggles with sensory processing, anxiety, anger, or emotional regulation. In that case, you might want a few more phrases to add to your arsenal!
I would recommend checking out the following resources for helpful phrases to use with your struggling child that will allow them to feel both successful and connected to you!
Print the 30 Encouraging Alternatives to “Have a Good Day”
This post comes with a free printable to share with friends or to hang on your fridge as a good reminder of what we go through every single day.
I have made a simple printable for you that has the entire list in a simple and easy to display format. Place it on the fridge, in a frame or even hand it to your best friend the next time they ask for a play date. Don’t get caught struggling to find the words to describe your child.
This printable simplifies it!
Here is a sneak preview…
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- Download the list. You’ll get the printable, plus join my weekly newsletter! Click Here to Download and Subscribe
- Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal.
- Place it on your refrigerator.
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