Positive affirmation is essentially thinking positively, believing in yourself and that you’ll get what you want. One of the most important elements of positive affirmation is repetition. In order for them to be effective, it is necessary to repeat them to yourself (write them down even) several times a day. Additionally, they have to be very specific.
While positive affirmation is not accepted by everyone as effective, there is strong evidence that it works, if used properly.
Our own Liz Parry has written about this in an article titled “How to use the power of positive affirmations“, where she suggests practical ways of making them work:
The way to use affirmations is to repeat them on a constant, daily basis so that they sink into your subconscious. You could incorporate this as part of your daily routine. For example, as you are brushing your teeth or showering, remind yourself to repeat your affirmations. As you are doing your hair or dressing, look at yourself in the mirror and repeat your affirmations. This is a very powerful way of making these statements hit home.
In many cases, when we talk about positive affirmations, it is in relation to adults; but that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, children can benefit from them as well.
Children are not exempt from issues adults face – from lack of self-esteem to depression. There are, of course, professionals who deal with these children. They use various tools and methods – from personalised children’s books to storytelling to social activities to role-playing and much more – to help children become well-adjusted.
Positive affirmations for kids are also a useful and effective way to boost their confidence, especially if they see the same effect on their parents. If your child needs some help, then you may want to harness the power of positive affirmations together.
To make the impact even stronger, shake things up. Don’t limit yourself to reciting the affirmations throughout the day. Write short notes and put them inside your kid’s lunchbox. Place those notes on their nightstand. Spend time in the park and utter the affirmations.
Here are some positive affirmations for kids which you can use to give your child the help he/she needs, or even if simply to instill values.
- I am blessed.
- I love myself.
- My family, friends, and teachers love me for who I am.
- My parents are proud of me.
- I am special.
- I can control my emotions if I focus.
- I am calm and peaceful.
- I am friendly.
- I am a fun person.
- My friends enjoy playing with me.
- I am polite and courteous, even in the face of rudeness.
- I am helpful.
- I am thankful. (You can make variations of this. “I am thankful for ____.)
- I am happy.
- I have fears, but I have the courage to face them.
- When I am angry, I don’t stay that way long.
- I talk about my feelings.
- I love going to school because learning is fun.
- I do my best in school.
- I am always on time.
- I like new challenges.
- I have a lot of brilliant ideas.
- I do my best in finishing my household chores.
- I am a loving and kind sibling.
- I listen to my parents and obey them.
- My imagination is amazing.
- I like to eat fruits and vegetables.
- I like to play outside.
- I see beauty in nature.
- I believe in my dreams. (Tip: Identify a dream – or dreams – and emphasize it together with this affirmation.)
Positive affirmations for kids is a fun way to teach your kids how to have a good outlook on life. Whether they need help for specific issues or not, integrating positive affirmations in their lives can only result in something worthwhile.
Do you use positive affirmations? Have you tried them with your children?