Using Affirmations

Affirmations for Children

“I am an artist; affirmation is like catnip to me.”-Andres Riseborough

No doubt, you have used affirmations in your own life. Snippets of intention repeated with conviction can propel us toward our greater good. When we focus on these powerful declarations, our daily lives begin to confirm our statements and change for the better.

Your children will benefit from the use of affirmations as well. Introduce them to the idea. Talk about how helpful you have found this to be for you. Tell them you are curious about how affirmations will help them in their day to day lives.

Affirmations are best kept short, simple, and clear. Read through a list of possibilities. The internet abounds with a wide selection of affirmations. Louise Hay, a pioneer in the area of affirmations for health and healing, is one of my personal favorites.

Allow your child to choose a statement which feels right for him or her. Some children like to say them several times upon waking. Others like to say them in the evening. Many repeat their special words during the day.

Gentle reminders to say their affirmations work best. Occasional nudges are better than regularly prodding. Ask if they would like you to write them on a card, or in their notebook. Perhaps a place where they can see them in their room will help.

Encourage your children to notice the results. Discuss what they learned or how these words seemed to change their thoughts or feelings. Consider how events seemed to remind them of their affirmations during the week.

To make a beginning, check the possible affirmations listed below.

Affirmations:

  1. I can do important things.
  2. I think for myself.
  3. I make smart choices.
  4. I do what is good for me.
  5. Each day offers a new start to do my best.
  6. I know what is right for me.
  7. I learn something new each day.
  8. I am me — I do not try to be like someone else.
  9. I am courageous. I stand up for myself.
  10. Wonderful things happen to me.
  11. I am a unique child of this world.
  12. I trust myself.
  13. I make good choices.
  14. I love and approve of myself.
  15. I am safe and sound.
  16. I feel healthy and strong today.
  17. I am happy and content with my life.
  18. How I look is not as important as how I act.
  19. I am a good sport.
  20. I am grateful for another day on this earth.
  21. I treat others the way I want them to treat me.
  22. I am loved.
  23. I am smart and capable.
  24. I am a good friend.
  25. I am a miracle.

After some time, you will expand this list and create your own to suit your child’s unique circumstances and disposition.