Affirmations are repeatedly saying positive declarations to yourself and your experience.
Affirmations can help young children feel confident and encourage a positive self-image. They are also a powerful way of reducing anxiety.
An affirmation like “I can do this” just might help your little one have some confidence when they are struggling to dress themselves, use kind hands or maybe they are having a hard time waiting their turn.
The more your little one says positive affirmations about themselves, the more they will start to believe them. It’s teaching our little ones that when a self-limiting belief arises “I can’t do it!!”, to switch it with a positive thought “I’ll keep trying!”.
This of course takes time with children so young, but that’s where you as the responsible adult needs to model this.
It’s important children learn this at such a young age so that it becomes natural in their later lives. Educating children on numbers, colours etc is important absolutely but at Little Owl’s we believe their positivity and self-love is just as important.
Children will struggle to understand what an affirmation is and how to use them effectively, but you can begin by talking to your little ones about the different thoughts and feelings they have. Although there is no wrong or right way to feel, some of our feelings make us feel better than others.
Some examples you can use with your young children are:
I am a good friend
I am kind
I am special
I am happy
I am strong
I am loved