Affirmations. We all need it. I use them personally, and I use it with my family on a daily basis. Positive affirmations can be a powerful tool for kids as well.
By using the right sentences we can enhance their wellbeing and boost their self-confidence. Affirmations can also encourage a growth mindset.
However, when we think of affirmation we tend to think of ourself speaking in front of a mirror and repeating things to ourselves. Instead, that can be dull and no kid wants to stand in front of a mirror watching you speak to them.
Before we go into 101 positive affirmations you can say to your kids, let’s look into how can you say it and make this a fun activity in your home
Creative ways to get kids to do affirmations:
Take some time during the day to look into your child and let them know that they are loved. For instance, before bedtime you can say
“I love you and you are amazing”.
You should also recognise your child’s unique strength and whenever possible point that out to your child. For instance, if they are good in drawing you can tell them
“You draw like Picasso, am sure you can be a great artist if you keep practicing.”
Such statements can increase their self-confidence and also give them a sense of belonging.
Related: check out 50 questions you can ask your kids to help them express their feelings
Also, don’t forget to always give your child a hug and kiss whenever you can. Make this a conscious effort. Physical touch can relieve stress and anxiety for you and your child.
You can use the printables below to remind your kids how much they are loved by their family. 2. Create an affirmation checklist.
To help your child develop creative thinking and resilience you can create an
affirmation checklist. Use the printables below, or even take a paper and map out what your child wants to achieve.
Divide their goals into different categories. For instance, their goals and values when it comes to family, relationships, academic, life. etc
Having it in writing in front of them can help them shape who they want to become and how to achieve all those goals.
In your writing include the following :
Positive things about themselves Things they cannot do but want to learn Their goals 3. Create a wealth of kindness
To help remove negativity, you can create a list of kindness and goodness for your child.
For this activity you can print out the
Kindness printable files (over 159 pages of growth mindset activities): Follow the steps below: Print out the printables and create an A5 folder Write down the Kind things they did recently Print out the “Thank You” letter page and get them to write a letter to someone they care about. Print out the “Giving Back To Others” page and list out 3 kind things they did recently Then get them to fill out the “I Love Me” page. I love me because…I am Kind I love me because..” I am funny I love me because..”I am a good child
“I Love Me” page you can even help them write the exact instant they were being kind or funny.
This could be a fun activity for the family and even for classmates. A way to recognize each other’s strength and appreciation.
You can display this page in your classroom or even at home.
All these activities will give your child the affirmation that they are loved and they are special in their own unique way.
4. Learn from the best
Every child will need a positive role model growing up.
Growth mindset involves helping children recognize that failure is part of the journey. Failure is something NOT to be ashamed of.
In fact, all the greatest mind have gone through some form of failure before achieving success.
You can print out the F
amous Failure Kit ( part of the printables) and help your kids understand that it is about resilience and the ability to learn from mistakes. Using the kit to teach your child about empathy. Being kind to people during their hardest moment. Your kid can even find themselves relating to some of the difficult feelings others go through. Now, here is a list of 101 daily positive affirmations for kids :
You will be surprised by how using positive sentences will immediately change the way they think.
I am good enough I am the best version of myself There is a solution to every problem I face I am a kind and amazing person I will become a leader It’s ok to make mistakes It’s ok to be me Challenges help me grow Today is going to be awesome I am strong enough to be confident I am in control of my own happiness It’s ok to not have the answer to everything I believe in myself I can achieve my dreams and goals My family and friends love me Today is going to be a positive day I can get through anything I will achieve anything I want as long as I put my mind into it I am proud of myself I deserve to be happy I can make a difference in this world I am unique in my own ways I am loved I am free to make my own decisions I can be whoever I want to be I will face my fears Today is my day I am worthy of love I am capable of great things I am not a burden I am allowed to be me Wonderful things happen to kind people It’s normal to not be perfect I will take baby steps towards progress I will ask for help when I need it It’s ok to make mistakes It’s normal to not be perfect Everyone’s journey is different Kindness is free Having alone time is good for my soul I am born different I can get through anything Practice makes me perfect I don’t give up I am a fighter I am ready to fail I surround myself with positive people I deserve happiness My success will come over time I will practice patience I will take every chance that comes in front of me I am ready to work hard I will shine wherever I go I will get through today I will take one step at a time I am in control of my emotions I am born smart I am awesome I will start a new chapter in my life Every day is a different day with different experiences I will learn from my failures I trust myself I trust my decisions My happiness is in my hands I am beautiful the way I am I am working on my future I am preparing myself for the future My opinion matter I should voice my concerns I am not worried about what others think of me The sky is my limit Everything will be just fine I will use my voice to do good in this world I will spread kindness I will share my happiness with others I am born a leader I am working on myself It’s ok to have a bad day I listen to my heart I am safe I am confident I am thankful I trust my abilities It is all in my mind Every day is a new learning day I am a learner I am a kind friend I am a good sibling I am a great child Life is fun Wonderful things happen to me I like to challenge myself I am peaceful I spread joy I believe in miracles I reach for the stars I am forgiving I am persistent I enjoy discovering new things I am thankful I trust myself Print out our top 17 positive mindset affirmations for kids
Before you go don’t forget to get the Happy Printable Journal. 159 pages of fun, positive and growth mindset activities
There are endless possibilities on how you can incorporate affirmations in your classroom and home.
When kids are struggling, it is important to accept those feelings and help them overcome them with affirmations. This can be a useful tool for your child to be reminded of how unique and amazing they are.