Vishnu and I talk a lot about helping Kaiden (and eventually Mila) operate with grit and resilience. We most often do this through talking with him about situations as they occur, reminding him of his inner strength and capability, sharing our own stories, and modeling these things whenever possible.

Affirmations are another tool I like to use. I’ve been saying affirmations every night with Kaiden since he was a baby. My favorite one is from Brene Brown – “You are loved, lovable, and worthy.” Such important words!

Now that he’s older, I want him to come up with his own affirmations based on what he’s thinking, feeling, and doing. I want this to be a tool he leans on for the rest of his life. I truly believe positive affirmations can be powerful for instilling confidence, self-belief, self-love, and a positive mindset in kids.

Our friends shared this video with us that they listen to daily with their girls. I love it so much that we listen to it every morning now too. In fact, I forgot to turn it on the other day, and Kaiden reminded me. This stuff works, y’all!

Here are some more examples of positive affirmations for kids. When Kaiden is having a hard time coming up with his own, I gently share ideas like this to get his wheels spinning…

  1. I am capable of achieving great things.
  2. I am kind, caring, and compassionate.
  3. I am unique and special, just the way I am.
  4. I am loved and supported by my family and friends.
  5. I have a creative and imaginative mind.
  6. I am brave and can face any challenge with courage.
  7. I am smart and capable of learning new things.
  8. I have the power to make a positive difference in the world.
  9. I am deserving of love, respect, and happiness.
  10. I am grateful for the blessings in my life.
  11. I am strong and resilient.
  12. I am a good friend and treat others with kindness.
  13. I am confident in expressing my thoughts and ideas.
  14. I am patient and can wait for good things to come.
  15. I believe in myself and my abilities.
  16. I am responsible and make good choices.
  17. I am capable of handling my emotions with grace.
  18. I am surrounded by love and positive energy.
  19. I am proud of myself and my accomplishments.
  20. I am full of potential and can achieve my dreams.

By gently encouraging K to think about and repeat his daily affirmation throughout his day, I really think he’s starting to internalize the positive messages. It’s important to explain the affirmations and help your kids understand the meaning of the statement. We do this every morning after picking our individual affirmations. Also, customizing affirmations to align with your kid’s specific goals, interests, or challenges can also be beneficial. Like with everything else, affirmations should be age-appropriate and tailored to your kid’s individual needs, development, and understanding.

I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing as a parent and that I have absolutely zero control. But then, when we’re talking about our affirmations and other related topics, I have a moment of clarity. Sure, I may never know what I’m doing. I will never have control. But I most definitely can create and have moments of connection with my kids. And nothing matters more than that!

Let me know if you do this, decide to try it out, etc. And let me know if you have any other affirmations you love!

By Parita

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