There is no denying the power of a positive mindset. When we believe we are capable of great things, the world is our oyster, and what a gift to give to the next generation.
Research has shown the first seven years of a child’s life are formative to their self-esteem and belief systems. These core beliefs created in childhood are taken with us into adulthood which is why it is so important to encourage a positive mindset early on.
There are so many ways to help children develop positive self-esteem, and affirmations are a simple and effective tool that can be practised every day. Sitting down with the child to create their affirmations can also empower them to take ownership of their emotions and shift negative to positive.
- Affirmations should always focus on the positive and work with present tense. Use ‘I am’ rather than phrases such as ‘I wish’ or ‘I want’.
- Affirmations can be spoken out loud at the start of the day, or when feeling overwhelmed. Try to create a special time your child can say theirs every day.
- Make them fun. You want your child smiling inside and out when they say their affirmations.
- Little things can feel big when you’re young. Allow your child to create any affirmation they wish - even something as simple as ‘I am strong and good at jumping’.
Not sure where to start? Here are 20 simple affirmations you can practice together.
- I am loved
- I feel safe
- I am kind
- I listen to my inner voice
- I love myself
- I am a good friend
- I am brave
- I am protected/looked after/cared for
- I am honest/truthful
- I am special
- I like to try new things
- I feel calm
- I can solve problems
- I believe in myself
- I am clever/intelligent/smart
- I can do anything
- I am a good friend to myself
- I look after others/I like to share
- I love healthy foods
- I am thankful for my incredible body