10 Positive Affirmations for Kids to Boost Self-Esteem

Positive affirmations are a valuable strategy kids can use to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. As a mother I want my children to love themselves as they are and to have a sense of self-worth. I want them to feel loved and valued. I want my kids to feel empowered and confident in their abilities. I believe that teaching my kids to use positive self-talk through positive affirmations will help to boost their self-esteem.

Download the free pintable positive affirmations for kids to boost self esteem printables at the end of this post. There are 2 versions included. One is in 8.5X11in and the other is 18X24in.

10 positive affirmations for kids to boost self-esteem

What are Positive Affirmations?

Positive affirmations are positive statements used to motivate and encourage. Using positive affirmations is a way of training your mind to focus on positive qualities, stop negative thoughts and self-doubt, and build confidence.

Benefits for Kids

  • Builds self-esteem
  • Help to build confidence
  • Learn to challenge negative self-talk
  • Develop a positive view of themselves
  • Develop a positive mindset
  • Help to believe in themselves
  • Motivate

10 Positive Affirmations to Boost Self-Esteem in Kids

  1. I can do hard things.
  2. I am loved.
  3. I am important.
  4. I believe in myself.
  5. I do not give up.
  6. I am kind to myself and others.
  7. I am a problem-solver.
  8. I am strong.
  9. I am beautiful inside and out.
  10. I love myself as I am.
10 positive affirmation for kids to boost self-confidence

Ideas for Using Positive Self Talk

There are a number of ways you can use positive affirmations with your kids to boost their self-esteem. One way we do this in our home is to have our girls look in the mirror and say positive affirmations to themselves. This is something they enjoy and find fun. Because they are still quite young I will say the positive affirmations and have my girls repeat them after me.

Another way we encourage positive self-talk is to encourage our kids to say something positive about themselves after they achieve something or have done something well. For example, when my youngest daughter hurt herself and needed comforting her big sister ran to get her stuffed animals and tried to make her laugh by being silly. When her little sister felt better and was all smiles my eldest said “Mommy, I am kind because I made my sister feel better!”

You can also teach kids to use positive affirmations when they are facing a challenge. This is a great strategy to dispel negative thoughts and negative self-talk. For instance, when kids say things like “I can’t do this!” or “This is too hard for me!” they are using negative self-talk. When my kids talk like this I encourage them to instead say “I can do hard things”. Using positive affirmations in this way helps to disrupt negative thoughts and make the shift towards a positive mindset.

What are some ways you use positive affirmations with your kids? What are some of your favorite positive affirmations you encourage your kids to say?

Free 10 Positive Affirmations for Kids to Boost Self-Esteem Printables


  1. Lori


    I’m brand new to Pinterest. Am I able to buy this poster for my office? I’m a school social worker and love it.

    1. The Little Mom Aid


      Hi Lori!
      I am so glad you like this visual :). I have updated the post so you can download a printable version. There are 2 PDF files included. One is 8.5X11in (letter size) and the other is 18X24in (poster size). The download is available at the end of the post.
      Hope this helps 🙂
      Have a great day!
      Yu Lan

  2. Burdman


    I am a 5th grade teacher and clicked on the download link. Nothing happened and I didn’t get the email verification. Checked junk mail too. Please advise.

    1. The Little Mom Aid


      Hello there,
      I am sorry you are having difficulty receiving your download. Sometimes there is a slight delay from the time you sign up to when the email is sent. Have you checked your email again by any chance?

  3. Themistoklis Papaioannou


    Why is I can do hard things first? Because we expect kids to do things for us? Why HARD things? I am loved ought to be first.

    1. The Little Mom Aid



      The affirmations aren’t in a particular order. I agree that kids should feel and know that they are loved no matter what. I included “I can do hard things” because children face challenges or get frustrated in different situations. For example, when my daughter was learning to ride her bike she had a lot of trouble. She would get angry and would say things like ” I can’t do it! It is too hard!”. I would try to get her to shift her negative mindset by encouraging her to say things like “I can do hard things”. This helped her to believe in herself and build her self-esteem.

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