Daily affirmations are a great way to condition our children to think more positively about themselves and the world around them. 

Practicing affirmations daily helps build positive thinking patterns that can aid our children's success well into adulthood. Especially during difficult times when kids have been separated from their friends, family, and many other aspects of what they previously considered normal life, it is nice to start a ritual centered around a positive outlook.

Practicing daily affirmations doesn't have to be difficult, they can easily be incorporated into daily activities like getting dressed, playing, and coloring. Children should not be a forced into this activity, but rather the activity should work around their schedule and it should be introduced in a relaxed moment where you can enable our children to appreciate themselves.

Below are a few tips for how to practice daily affirmations:

  1. Select an affirmation with your kids, and repeat the affirmation everyday for 2-3 weeks. For example; "I am beautiful inside and out".

  2. You should encourage your child to repeat the affirmation 5-10 times each day. It's important this is presented to them in a positive way they will adopt, never with a sarcastic tone or in a way that may lead them to believe it is not real/true.

  3. Practicing affirmations should not be a serious process, it should be light and fun. Affirmations can be repeated as your child brushes their hair, gets dressed, or as they put on their shoes to leave the house. You don't have to repeat them in the same place or at the same time every day, but a good time to practice affirmations is first thing in the morning or right before bed. These times will allow you to start and end the day on a positive note.

  4. You can introduce this new ritual by explaining to your kids that affirmations are magic words. When said with conviction and repeated often, they will come true.

Practicing daily affirmations is a simple way to develop self-esteem in young children, and gives kids the tools they need to see their own strengths. Incorporating affirmations into your daily routine can have lasting positive effects for your child. 

October 26, 2020 — Barbara Chernyukhin