Why Positive Affirmations are Important for Kids? What are the benefits? How-to teach affirmations?
Updated: May 17
As parents, teachers, caregivers we know the importance of a child getting nutrition, hydration, sleep, and play. These things are crucial for physical well-being. For a child’s mental and emotional well-being positive affirmations are the go-to.
If a child grows up in a positive and nurturing environment the child will reflect those. If a child grows in a negative, discouraging environment, the child believes that the comments about them are true and ends up displaying those negative traits.
Positive affirmations for kids are a powerful tool to help children develop a mindset of positivity and success.
What are Positive Affirmations?
Affirmations are positive phrases or statements that you say to yourself to challenge negative unwanted thoughts. You may choose affirmations to motivate yourself, boost self-esteem, or set a positive change.
How do Affirmations work?
We human beings are suckers for habits and routines. We find solace in them. Any new activity that you take up becomes your habit if continued for at least 21 days. So Is our brain, if we feed them positive thoughts we train it to believe in them. Thinking about it continuously becomes a thing and we subconsciously believe them to be true.
Seeing the words "I'm emotionally stronger" multiple times in a day will only train you to believe that you are. At the time of an emotional turmoil, a little voice inside you chants the affirmation and you believe it and try to navigate from the situation.
Are Affirmation backed by Science?
Yes. Although it requires regular practice if you want to make it long-lasting. One of the key psychological theories behind positive affirmations is self-affirmation theory (Steele, 1988). So, yes, there are empirical studies based on the idea that we can maintain our sense of self-integrity by telling ourselves (or affirming) what we believe in positive ways.
Why Kids need Affirmations?
Kids need Positive Affirmations to gain confidence that they can take on the world. When parents/teachers/caregivers are speaking powerful words into them they feel more willing and capable to take on new tasks.
You've probably heard this quote before, read it again and let it sink in. It's daunting to consider how our words can harmful and the pressure that is on us not to mess our kids up. No parent is perfect, we all will be saying things to our children that are/will be regretful. But you can counteract some of the regretful things that you said by affirming.
How To Teach Affirmations to Kids?
1) Start by affirming them yourself daily. (Tell your kids yourself)
2) Use affirmation cards (Stick in a prominent place around the house)
3) Make an affirmation notebook. (Write down affirmations)
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