In it’s simplest definition:
Affirmation = a declaration that something is true.
Self-affirmations are positive statements or self-scripts that can condition the subconscious mind to help you develop a more positive perception of yourself. WIKI.HOW
Without going into the finer detail, or making a big deal about it – let’s keep it simple…
Affirmations for kids.
Affirmations are a great way to instill self confidence in your children, and can be used in a variety of ways to help your child pause and remember suggestions about changes (or reinforcements) to behaviour, mindset and self esteem.
Affirmations are positive suggestions and should be short, positive and stated in the present tense.
Example affirmations for kids to use:
I am a fantastic friend.
I always use kind words to speak to those I love.
I am helpful and I enjoy helping others.
I am full of love.
I love to eat healthy food, it nourishes my body.
I am unique, I am special, I am me.
I always try my best.
I can learn anything.
Make up your own affirmations.
There are endless possibilities! Depending on the age of your child you can customise these affirmations, adding a few together to make a longer affirmation (perhaps one to focus on for the month?) or keep it nice and simple. Write them on post-it notes and stick them to the fridge or bathroom mirror. Make a craft activity to write and decorate an affirmation on a piece of paper. Be creative with it, and most of all make it fun!
Last year when we were having a few issues with Liana rushing through her homework, and extremely messy handwriting, we came up with an affirmation for her to focus on before she sat down to write:
“I have beautiful neat handwriting + I take my time to write each word with love, so that the person reading it can feel the love it was created with”
Create conversations around affirmations.
You can use affirmations with your kids as a reminder about a certain behaviour, or as a conversation starter:
“What is one example of how you used kind words today?”
“Did you forget your affirmation about using kind words to the people you love?”
“Name three things you did today that were helpful to another person”
“What is one thing you love most about yourself?”
“Is there someone who you don’t normally play with that you can be a fantastic friend to today?”
“Did you try your best in your spelling test?”
A little interview with Liana (10yrs old) about using affirmations…
What are affirmations? Affirmations are sentences that inspire me to do what I need to do.
How do you use them? Reading them out loud in front of the mirror in the morning is a good way of acknowledging them.
Why do you use them? They help me do better at keeping on task at school and at home so I can get my work and chores done and then go and play and have fun. Also they help me feel a certain way, and help me have a feeling to focus on during the day.
What do you love most about using affirmations? Using affirmations makes me feel like I can do anything if I put myself up to the challenge. During the day if I forget about my affirmations I all of a sudden remember them and sometimes I close my eyes and say it in my head.
What if you are walking – how can you close your eyes? If I am walking I don’t close my eyes! Haha 🙂
**Leans over for a hug** It seemed like a good moment for a hug Mummy. I am off to jump now. Bye…
I hope this helped with a few new ideas about using affirmations with kids. I would love to hear what you do to incorporate into your days, and any questions or feedback you have (either in comments below or via contact form). Also – we hope you loved our first “Interview with Liana” post. She will be reading the comments also so if you have any comments for her pop them below also!
Have a great day!!!