80 Best Encouraging Notes for Children in Challenging Times


What are best encouraging notes for children who are going through difficult times? Or children who just needs a little more confidence?

Sometimes the best way to deliver comfort to your child is not verbal communication. In her book “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen…And Listen So Kids Will Talk“, parenting expert Adele Faber said another effective way to communicate with a child is by leaving a note.

We rounded up 80 best encouraging notes for children. Some of them are quotes by influential figures throughout history, some are lyrics from popular songs, and some are just empowering words. They are powerful messages to uplift a discouraged child’s spirit.

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Build Confidence

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Build Confidence

Confident kids can achieve many things that they didn’t think they could. Sometimes, our child just needs a little bit of assurance from us. Tell them “You can!” These quotes will help your kids establish better confidence and trust their own abilities.

  • “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” – Stan Smith 
  • “As is our confidence, so is our capacity.”– William Hazlitt
  • “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath
  • “Get more confidence by doing things that excite and frighten you.”– Jessica Williams
  • “Sometimes, if you fake confidence long enough, you’re going to be confident.” – Elle King (Like the saying goes “Fake it till you make it!”)
  • “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively
  • “Don’t say, “If I could, I would”. Say, “If I can, I will”.” Jim Rohn
  • “Gaining confidence means getting outside your comfort zone, experiencing setbacks, and, with determination, picking yourself up again.” – Katty Kay
  • “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerso
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Feel Empowered

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Feel Empowered

It is normal to feel uncertain and even fearful. A simple encouraging note can help tell our children that they are not alone and they can be in control!

  • “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley
  • “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney
  • “If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
  • “The more validation I need, the less discernment I have.” – Kurt Hanks
  • “When you do not seek or need approval, you are at your most powerful.” – Caroline Myss
  • “Young man, make your name worth something.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller
  • “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Stay Positive

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Stay Positive

I am a firm believer in Law of Attractions. What we think will become what we are. These encouraging notes for kids can help our children stay positive and focus on the bright side of the things.

  • “The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn
  • “Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Royc
  • “The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings
  • “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “A powerful attitude awakens inner strength, energy, motivation, and initiative.” – Remez Sasson
  • “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
  • “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James
  • “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” – Roy T. Bennett
  • “You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.” – Roy T. Bennett
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Know Its OK to Fail

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Know It’s OK to Fail

It’s normal to feel discouraged or defeated when a child fails a task. How to cheer them up and teach them to accept that failure is just temporary? These encouraging notes below will bring your child some comfort.

  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney
  • “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” -Chinese proverb
  • “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” -Paulo Coelho
  • “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C. S. Lewis
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Accept Themselves

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Accept Themselves

There is nothing more important than accepting oneself. If your child has strong self-doubt, the below encouraging notes for kids will help your child become more self-passionate.

  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “You are Beautiful, no matter what they say.” – Christina Aguilera “Beautiful” 
  • “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain
  • “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
  • “The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain
  • “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  • “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” – W.C. Fields
  • “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” -Malcolm S. Forbes
  • “I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.” – Louise Hay
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Trust Their Abilities

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Trust Their Abilities

Many children are afraid of trying new things or taking on complex tasks because they don’t think they can. The encouraging notes for kids below will help your child discover how powerful they can be.

  • “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” – Henry Ford
  • “There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.” – Brian Tracy
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt in her book “This Is My Story” (It’s a super expensive book)
  • “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy T. Bennett
  • “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Impossible is just an opinion, don’t buy it.” – Robin Sharma
  • “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Stay Strong

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Stay Strong

Setbacks and hardship is part of life. Though as parents, we don’t want to see our kids struggle, these adverse situations can help make them stronger. The encouraging notes for children below can motivate your kid to keep her chin up.

  • “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it” – Ain Eineziz
  • “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the world but those who fight and win battles that others do not know anything about.” – Jonathan Harnisch
  • “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger     
  • “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F Kennedy
  • “You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills
  • “The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!” – Anne Frank, in the book “The Diary of a Young Girl
  • “If someone is strong enough to bring you down, show them you are strong enough to get back up.” – A. Josland
  • “Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, ‘Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.” – Unknown
  • “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Not Give Up

10 Best Encouraging Notes for Children to Not Give Up

The easiest thing to do when things don’t work out is to give up. Persistency is a great quality that parents should help kids establish. These encouraging notes for children below can help motivate your kids to get up and try it again!

  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  • “And if at first your don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again!” – Aaliyah “Try Again”
  • “I’m a survivor. I’m not gon’ give up. I’m not gon’ stop. I’m gon’ work harder.” – Destiny’s Child “Survivor”
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
  • “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert Einstein
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” – Babe Ruth
  • “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  • ”Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson


We all want to bring comfort and strength to our children when they feel discouraged or lose confidence. One of the best ways to express our love and concern subtly is to leave a note and stay by their side.

Encouraging notes, lyrics, and quotes can show our kids that everyone in the world experiences setbacks in life, but they have the ability to get through them and become stronger. Try these with your loved ones and help explain the meaning behind the quotes.