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.
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 of Positive Affirmations 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
10 Positive Affirmations to Boost Self-Esteem in Kids
- I can do hard things.
- I am loved.
- I am important.
- I believe in myself.
- I do not give up.
- I am kind to myself and others.
- I am a problem-solver.
- I am strong.
- I am beautiful inside and out.
- I love myself as I am.
Ideas for Using Positive Affirmations
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 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. Once 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 faced with 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?