How to Use Affirmations with Children
In just a few minutes every day, you can create a more positive mindset for your child - How? By using Affirmations!
What is an Affirmation?
It is a phrase that reflects a positive thought. Simple and amazingly effective, this is a tool that you can use with anyone, or any age, even if they cannot read you can read them out and they can choose. Simplicity is the ability to take a simple sentence and be able to say the words out loud and think about them.
It really does just take a moment!
You can grab your FREE printables below. They contain 12 colourful affirmations for you to use at home, work or school. Just print them, cut them out and you are good to go!
What Other Affirmations Can I Use?
Choose ones that you feel are right for you and your child. If you would like the set of printable affirmations then just sign up to the newsletter and I will email them straight to you. I have listed some of my other favourites below
- I am happy
- I am loved
- I am a good friend
- I am worthy
- I am calm
- I love life
- I see the beauty around me
- I am enough
- I will achieve my goals
- I love trying new things
How do I use an Affirmation?
The joy is that there really are lots of ways they can be used:
- You can write some down
- Ask your children to write their own
- Put them in a jar, and choose a different one each day
- Stick them on the fridge
- Put them in your child's lunchbox
- Colour them in
- Make a Positivity Board - choosing your favourite affirmations
- Make Affirmation Stones
There really are so many different ways you can use them every day. The key to affirmations is that the person has to choose their own - it is again part of this mindful process that the power of the words is in taking ownership of the affirmation!
Who can use them?
There are phrases that can be used for children of all ages, from pre-school onwards they are a great tool to keep in your parenting toolbox! If you wanted to find other resources that are helpful then check out the resources page. It has lots of freebies that will help anyone looking to create more Mindful Moments with their children. For teachers, there are plenty of audio's and downloads too, perfect for the classroom.
You can become really creative with your children or class and make your own affirmation stones. This is such a great Mindful Activity - full instructions are available in the make your own affirmation stones blog. You can see how my children and I did over the Summer!
A positive thought can really affect how we think. By focusing on that one phrase or sentence you can literally change how you perceive and feel other thoughts too. The brain is an amazing thing, if you give it permission it will take that optimism and thread it through into all aspects of your day. Affirmations allow our brain to gain that focus, which then affects how we react to other thoughts, events and feelings.
You know how you wake up in a bad mood, everything then seems to go wrong! Well, in reality, it doesn't really but our brain is perceiving it that way. The same can be done with a positive mindset, so you can turn a bad day around with a simple positive affirmation!
For full instructions on how to make your own Affirmation Stones then check out the blog.
Affirmations For Tweens and Teens
The free affirmations are great for the under 10's. They are quirky and colourful. Our tween's and teens need to be encouraged in a more adult manner. You can read how you can help your tween or teen with positive thinking here. There is also an Affirmation for Tween pack available in the shop. 3 sheets of printable affirmations that are perfect for those transitioning years.
Give it a Go!
Well, you have a list and you can print out many more with the FREE sheets too. So you have everything you need to get started with some positivity. If you would like to share any of your own affirmations or even post some photos of ones that work for you, then why not sign up to the Mindful Parenting Facebook Group.
More Mindful Moments
How about how to set intentions with your children? You can read how in the previous blog. If you would like to pick up more tips for your Mindful Journey then check out the Mindful Parenting book on Amazon. The Pinterest board also has lots of ideas to try.
I hope that you find these techniques fun and useful, for your children or your classroom. For lots more free goodies and top Mindful Parenting Tips, don't forget to sign up to the newsletter!
Rachel Hawkes is a mum to twin teenagers and teaches baby and kids yoga & mindfulness classes, alongside running a business Wellbeing Centre. She is a published author of 2 books relating to Mindful Parenting and loves to share her tips and ideas wherever she can.
How Can I Help You Further?
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