Updated: Sep 3
WHY POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS ARE IMPORTANT
Growing up is already full of ups and downs and thanks to media like TV, magazines, and the Internet, children are also bombarded with images of who they should be or why they may not be good enough...and sometimes it's hard to shut those voices out.
Some of those messages are internalized and becomes how children speak to themselves. Those negative message can wreak havoc on a child's mood and behavior.
POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS
Positive affirmations are specific affirming statements that can help combat negative thoughts by changing a child's perspective/outlook. When children have a positive outlook on life, they're better able to handle setbacks and they're better able to reject negative messages because their belief system will remind them of the good they have inside.
Note: Many children are struggling with mental health issues. It's important to get them professional help to support their well-being when deemed necessary. While positive affirmations can be helpful, they are not a solution for issues that require more in-depth support.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
REPEAT THE AFFIRMATION: encourage the child to repeat the affirmations on a consistent basis.
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE: in the beginning the child may be reluctant, don't prod, allow the child to do it at their own pace. Eventually the positive words will begin to take over.
CHOOSE A GOOD TIME: Anytime is a good time for positive affirmations. However, first thing in the morning, helps to start the child's day off right. Right before bed helps the child end their day on a high note.
MAKE IT FUN: Do a dance, sway side to side, or simply repeat the words in a fun rhythmic pattern can add even more fun to doing affirmations. Check out the #JoolsTV video below to see just how fun affirmations can be.
15 Positive Affirmations to Repeat Every Day
I AM COURAGEOUS
I AM STRONG
I AM HAPPY
I AM LOVED
I AM CONFIDENT
I AM AWESOME
I LOVE MYSELF
I HAVE PURPOSE
I AM A GOOD PERSON
I CAN DO HARD THINGS
I AM ENOUGH
I AM A GOOD FRIEND
I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
I LOVE WHO I AM
I AM SMART
CHILDREN'S BOOKS CAN HELP, TOO
Children's books help reinforce the positive messages we want children to embrace. In the post I Love ME! Inclusive Children's Books About Self-Acceptance and Loving Who You Are we share books that encourage and affirm children.
Too often we see negative stories in news and other media about violence against Black people. In addition, many books that offer positive representation about Black people and history have been banned from some schools. To combat those messages and issues, our post listing Empowering Picture Books for Black History Month shares books every reader can relate to and appreciate. Finally, our bookshop offers a variety of diverse children's book lists that encourage the little readers from all walks of life. Use these resources to garner ideas for how you might use children's books to encourage and connect with the children in your life.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From parents and actors Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill comes a picture book filled with beautiful, inspiring affirmations reminding kiddos of their infinite wonder. Perfect for children of any age!
I am worthy. I am loved. I am enough.
Every child, no matter their age, needs to know how loved they are and, more importantly, should love themselves. In this gorgeously illustrated book of affirmations, young readers are told how cherished, deserving, and gifted they are.
In their tender picture book, actors Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill tell children about the magic of self-love and standing firm, regardless of outside voices and doubt. Children will feel their confidence grow as they repeat the encouraging words on the page, take in the warm illustrations, and learn to believe in themselves!
GUIDED VIDEO AFFIRMATIONS
Video Description: Affirmations are things we say to ourselves that shape our beliefs. When your child speaks the affirmations in this video over and over, he or she will begin to believe them. Once they believe, they will achieve!! So, say these affirmations every morning to set a positive tone for the day.
JOOLS TV ANIMATED AFFIRMATION VIDEO
This song was created to instill the importance of self-love and self-esteem! (JOOLS TV)
Positive affirmations can be incredibly beneficial for children's development and well-being. They promote a healthy self-image and boost self-esteem by instilling a sense of confidence and self-worth. They can help kids manage stress and anxiety by encouraging a positive mindset and reducing negative self-talk. And they foster a growth mindset, teaching children to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and resilience, ultimately setting them on a path to success and happiness.