Words hold power. They have the power to lift up as well as the power to break down others around us. Because of the intrinsic power of what we say, it is important as parents to intentionally and routinely speak positive words to children. Words convey more than the literal meaning – they express the love, care and concern we have for each unique child. Positive words can also build self confidence in children. If a child finishes a project or does well on a school assignment, positive feedback from each parent will give the child the confidence he or she needs to take on the next project or assignment with the same enthusiasm and work ethic. Children are learning and exploring each and every day, and they often look for feedback from those around them. It may be tempting to assume that your children know that you are proud of them or know that you love them, but what kids need most is the everyday, direct, positive feedback that will give them the confidence to overcome any challenge that they may face. By consistently offering positive and encouraging words to your children, you, as a parent, encourage them to follow the right path. Kids are looking for direction and guidance from their role models, and parents have the responsibility to positively reinforce their achievements and successes, while also steering them away from negative influences and temptations. Consistently engaging in positive, meaningful conversations with each of your children will show them that they are a valued, unique individual with self-worth. Kids develop their sense of self-confidence as they experience the world, and you can help them develop self-worth by verbally praising and encouraging them through all they do.