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Raising children isn’t always easy, but we always need to remember that everything we say has a positive or negative impact on our children. We’ve been seeing many trends on social media that show parents and children repeating daily affirmations to boost a child’s self-confidence. And so, we spoke to Positive Parenting and Psychology Coach, Rana Hany, to get her feedback on the importance of positive affirmations for children and how they impact our children.
According to Hany, the way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. That means that if we keep telling our children that they’re beautiful, strong, courageous, powerful, and determined, it will gradually sink in and their inner voice will remind them of how fearless, beautiful, and kind they are every step of the way.
“A child’s perception and image of themselves stem through the eyes of their parents during the first few years of their lives,” Hany explains. For that reason, positive affirmations can really help mold a child’s inner thoughts and boost their self-confidence.
Hany also explains the concept of strength-based parenting where instead of complimenting a child on the outcome, integrate the action that the child did. For example, instead of saying “That is such a nice drawing,” you can tell your child “I love the way you drew the giraffe.” Notice the difference between complementing the drawing in the first example and complementing the child’s drawing skill in the second example.
Here are a few positive affirmations to include in your child’s day:
Positive morning affirmations
Positive affirmations to boost your child’s sense of responsibility:
Positive affirmations to make your child more ambitious
Positive affirmations to help your child become more organized:
Positive affirmations to ensure your child is considerate:
Positive affirmations to teach a child to listen and care:
Positive affirmations to teach teamwork:
Positive affirmations to enhance self-care
Here are other examples of positive affirmations and how they impact your child:
Today will be great
Today, I will try my best. My best is enough
Having positive affirmations as part of your child’s daily routine can really help them see the positivity in the world. It changes their perception and mood and allows them to set the tone for the day. Reciting these morning affirmations is a great way to start the day with positivity.
Positive affirmations about love and appreciation
I deserve to be loved/ I am worthy of love
I am grateful for who I am
A daily positive affirmation of love allows the child to open their hearts and welcome love and appreciation in their lives. When they constantly remind themselves of their worth, their standards for themselves are raised and they start allowing others to love them the way they deserved to be loved.
Body positive affirmations
I only compare myself to who I am
I am beautiful inside out
Body shaming can lead to insecurities in children and can make a child feel very uncomfortable in their own skin. With media as well as everyone around them constantly portraying certain body standards, it is very easy for a child to feel unhappy with their body. Body positive affirmations remind a child of how special and unique they are and allow them to accept their bodies and develop a positive self-image.
Self-confidence positive affirmations
I am smart.
I make a difference.
I am brave.
I am beautiful.
The repetition of these positive affirmations can really boost your child’s self-confidence. Having your child highlight these characteristics will enable them to alter their perception of themselves and let it sink in how smart, beautiful, and brave they are.
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