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af·firm·a·tion

/ˌafərˈmāSH(ə)n/ noun

  1. the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.
  2. emotional support or encouragement.

     

Raise a hand if you can agree that one of your top priorities as a parent, educator, or caregiver is to raise a kind human. 🙋🏽‍♀️ 

One that is self-aware, educated, loved, respected, and supported emotionally. If your hand is up, instilling positive affirmations in your little one is possibly the easiest way to set them on a path to success. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up a few questions and answers along with 20 affirmations you can use to create positive thoughts and feelings of self-worth in your kiddos while helping them build resilience that will serve them well during times of struggle.

Why do positive affirmations matter?

We all determine our self-worth and belief systems from the people, situations, and environments surrounding us. The things we engage with online, at school or work, and at home have the power to build us up or tear us down. This is where the value of creating positive affirmations comes in – by establishing words of affirmation for your little one to say daily, or during times of doubt, you are providing them with the building blocks that they need to motivate themselves, combat stress and anxiety, and boost self-esteem. 

Where do I start? How old should my child be?

As soon as your kiddo can talk and understand what they are saying – you can start! No matter when you choose to begin, be patient and encouraging. Experts suggest having your little one look in the mirror to promote self-focus and then having them repeat after you. Pick 2-3 affirmations to start and keep those consistent for a few days while your kiddo gets the hang of it. 

This feels weird, am I doing it right?

There is no wrong way to fill your kiddo up with praise. It’s perfectly okay for it to feel a little awkward at first but here’s a tip! Take a mental note of how you feel before saying positive affirmations with your kiddo and then take a mental note of how you feel afterward. Did you notice a boost in your mood or spirit? If yes, it’s working! Practice this same mental thermometer of sorts with your kiddo to help them realize that it’s working for them, too. The magic in leading your child through this process is committing to the practice and boosting them up with authentic praise and support – no matter what!

Ready to get started? Here are 20 affirmations you can try with the kids in your life:

Affirmations to build confidence

I can do great things

I am powerful

I’ve got what it takes

I believe in me

I am smart

I am going to have a great day

Affirmations to find peace and calm

It’s okay to have a tough day

It’s okay to not be okay

I am in control of my feelings

I have everything I need

Affirmations to cultivate bravery

I’ve got this!

I am brave

I am courageous

I’m not afraid to take a chance

I am surrounded by love

Affirmations to promote a positive body image

I am strong

I like myself

I am beautiful

I am unique

My body is strong

Remember that it’ll take practice to get comfortable with using affirmations. Your little one will more than likely be a shy to start but, with your guidance and positivity, they will soon be on the way to developing a positive foundation from which they can grow into the kind human you hope they become! Do you have techniques you recommend for affirmation practice? Tag us @GoNoodle #Affirmations to share your tips!

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