Daily Affirmations For Kids
We all have hopes and dreams for our children from the minute they come into the world. As parents, it is our duty to provide a loving & healthy environment in which they can grow and develop into independent, self-sufficient successful adults.
Their journey will encounter many obstacles and milestones which with your help they will need to learn to overcome. Many of these we may not necessarily be aware of unless we have encouraged our children to always talk openly about situations that may be causing them anxiety, fear or distress.
On a recent TV program about affirmations for kids, the children were encouraged to write on the palm of their hands the day to day things that were causing them stress and upset. It was surprising to see what some of this group of 7/10 year olds had written:
- I am lonely
- I am afraid
- I am a bad person
- I am scared of going to school
- I have no friends
- I hate myself
- I am fat
- Everyone hates me
It was very emotional to watch and made me wonder if parents and teachers had any idea of what was going on in the minds' of their children each and every day. In all honesty, I doubt that very few of them did. However this TV program was extremely beneficial and gave an insight into the childrens' worries, concerns and self image.
Children are not unlike adults when it comes to everyday situations that can cause undue stress and anxiety. The difference is that as adults we are more aware of the methods available to choose from to help us overcome these problems. Children have not gained that knowledge yet, therefore they carry these burdens alone not knowing how to resolve them.
It is the responsibility of parents, teachers, friends & family to encourage positivity in children and encourage them to talk about the issues that concern them more openly. If these problems are not dealt with early in life then they will carry all these stressful emotions into adulthood when it will be more difficult for them to deal with.
Early intervention is key. Positive affirmations for kids are a powerful tool that when taught and put into practice will not only improve a childs' wellbeing & self-esteem but will most certainly encourage creative thinking. In effect these affirmations are a building block for kids on which to grow.
Their journey of positivity can open up a new world of joy & happiness when they are taught how to push the negative thoughts away and replace them with positives. Children need to be able to look for guidance in uncertain & difficult situations.
“You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A.A. Milne / Christopher Robin
Make it fun
There are many ways in which we can teach children positive affirmations, but as we all know they will enjoy it more and commit to it if there is a fun element involved.
Firstly you could begin by affirming them yourself. Take time out each day to look into your childs' eyes and affirm them e.g.
You are loved, You matter, You are enough.
Hug them tightly to reap all the benefits of neurochemicals that are released from physical touch. There are many ways in which we as adults repeat our daily affirmations whether by writing them down, speaking them aloud or affirming them in front of the mirror. I am not sure many kids these days would gain any sense of fun from standing in front of a mirror repeating their affirmations. Basically it is up to you to find ways to make this a fun & enjoyable activity in your own home/classroom.
Firstly you will need to explain what affirmations for kids are and the benefits of practicing them on a regular basis. When they are focused, prepared to commit and fully understand the positive benefits they will achieve from them they will be inspired & motivated to work towards their goals and ambitions.
They will soon learn that the more often they think or say something, the more likely it is to become a definite belief. By encouraging kids to focus on their positive traits they will be less likely to define themselves based on their negative self talk.
Making it fun is easy and there are several ways in which you can interact with your child whilst they are learning about positive affirmations e.g.
Get a cork board or poster board and together find or draw pictures that describe what their values are, who they want to become and what they want to succeed at in their lives. Encourage them to put down things they can't do yet but want to learn, and have them include all the positive things they believe about themselves. Allow kids to get creative by deciding which affirmations they like and make them feel good about themselves.
Another fun way to encourage children to repeat their affirmations is to help them to turn them into songs. Singing always lifts the spirits and you will be amazed at how quickly they will be running around singing affirmations to their favourite tunes. You can laminate the list of positive affirmations and have a positive thoughts board for kids and their friends. Let them use the ones that relate to them most.
You will soon see how enthusiastic they are and what an enjoyable and engaging activity it becomes for them. You can certainly guide them but at the end of the day they need to take ownership of the whole process, They will then be more likely to commit to practising their affirmations on a daily basis. Encourage them to practice the affirmations they create at least 3 times per day and assure them that being consistent will help to keep negative thoughts at bay.
Not only are they developing an awareness of their inner dialogue but now have positive replacements for those negatives they tell themselves.
Children make up 25% of the world population but are 100% of the future.