What are positive affirmations?

Using Positive Affirmations with your child

  admin   |    20 Jan 2022

Positive affirmations are a form of Positive self-talk, positive phrases or statements when repeated often enough, this positivity can contribute to gains in self-esteem and overall Positive thinking and used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts as well.

The practice and popularity of positive affirmations are based on widely accepted and well-established psychological theory. One of the keys being self-affirmation theory (Steele, 1988) which says, when people’s self-image has been threatened, they are motivated to affirm the integrity of the self.

Using Positive Affirmations with your child

Positive affirmations and kids:

A child with confidence feels as though they can take on the world. When adults in their daily life are speaking positive and powerful words to them, they feel more capable and will be more willing to take on new challenges. Children need to hear repeatedly what makes them unique and how thankful you are that they are in your world.

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” – Brooke Hampton

The quote rightly points out- speak encouraging, life giving words into your child each day. Inspire them to speak to themselves and others using similar language. For the words you speak to your child now are the ones they’ll be speaking to themselves in twenty years.

Examples of positive affirmations for children

Examples of positive affirmations for children:

A few simple words go a long way in making a positive impact on kids if used consistently. Here are a few examples that everyone can use with their children.

• I am enough.

• I can do a lot more than I can think.

• I am a kind and caring person.

• I am happy

• I am perfect just the way I am.

• It’s okay to make mistakes.

• I am happy.

• I use kind words to express my feelings.

• I treat others the way I want to be treated.

• I forgive people.

• I learn from my mistakes.

• I am grateful for all that I have.

• I believe in myself.

• I can make a difference.

• I always do my best.

• I look at the brighter side of life.

• Kindness is my superpower.

• I am good at lots of things.

• I stand up for what I believe in.

• I deserve to be happy.

• Today is a great day.

Positive affirmations and kids

Benefits of using Affirmations with your kids

• Affirmations may just be as beneficial for youngsters as they are for grownups. However, since social growth and educational obstacles are difficult for youngsters, they must understand how to resist negative self-perceptions and develop resiliency.

• Positive Affirmations help boost your child’s confidence. Complimenting your child and acknowledging their effort no matter how insignificant or small, is a big confidence booster. Positively affirming their achievements each day will make a difference.

• Positive affirmations help kids counter the negativity they might be encountering elsewhere. Not only does it help them overcome challenges, but it is also a great way to build resilience and perseverance. The more they are reassured and encouraged, the better the chance of them getting through and achieving their goal.

Benefits of using Affirmations with your kids

• It also helps them see the positive side of things by encouraging them on things they can do rather than the things they can't. You are focusing and celebrating the positives in them. Finding something positive to comment on and celebrate each day is the simplest way of practising positivity

Creating an inner confidence as children can shape their whole lives. Having confidence affects every aspect of one’s life, the ability to learn, participate at school, socially, creatively, their relationships, achieving one’s goals and dreams. Affirmations are such a quick, easy, and simple practice that can make a huge difference to the lives of kids and parents alike.

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