Positive words are very important in building a child’s self-esteem. It can be difficult to remember to give our kids affirming words, particularly when life is busy. It doesn’t come naturally for me to encourage the people around me. I have a tendency to focus more on what needs improvement than what is already amazing. I need to intentionally remember to express appreciation to my family. I have to put reminders in my phone and notes on my desk at work in order to be faithful with words of gratitude. This is especially important with my oldest daughter who receives love best through words of affirmation.