Affirmations for Kids: The Power of Positive Self-Talk and Self-Love

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We can empower ourselves and our children to create positive self-beliefs and build a positive mind with mantras, or affirmations. They can be said aloud (even silently within us) at any moment to boost self-confidence or channel a specific energy, and can teach us how to engage in positive self-talk and self-love. When we choose the words that serve us and say them with conviction - when we choose to feel, believe, and mean the words - they become our reality.

As our children begin to form their own self-beliefs, we can encourage them to choose the thoughts, words, and feelings that are most useful to them. Nurturing their inner voice using positive phrases is a powerful way to shape how they see themselves, others, and the world.

You can plant the seeds of confidence in your child by incorporating affirmations into your child's daily routine. Here are some tips that we've found to be helpful:

  • Find a time daily to share positive self-affirmations, such as "I am brave" or "I am kind." Throughout the day, identify ways to reinforce the affirmation by acknowledging when your child is brave or kind.
  • Develop your own affirmation practice and share your "I am" statements with your child. Role modeling how you use positive self-talk can be effective in supporting your child's practice and perspectives.
  • Create the space for your child to share their thoughts and feelings, helping them to create positive affirmations using their own words. 

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