Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Children's Affirmations

My daughter and I share a very special bedtime routine. For the most part, its the same as any average household: bath; pajamas; brush teeth; read books; tuck in to bed and give hugs and kisses.

But for us - usually somewhere between reading books and tucking in to bed - we also read my daughter's affirmations. She absolutely lights up when we read them and she usually wants to repeat the four that I selected for her.

If affirmations are new to you, I've found a good explanation for them from an article in www.childrenlights.com "Our self-talk has an undeniable effect on the attitudes and outcomes in our lives. What we think, we create!  Our thoughts, words and beliefs are powerful creating tools that are at work all the time, whether we realize it or not.  Add emotion to these thoughts, and they are manifested into physical reality that much faster.  This applies to all of us, grown-ups as well as children."

"Affirmations are positive statements about who we are, and what we can become and experience. The key in using affirmations effectively is to have them evoke positive emotions within us. It is so important to monitor and choose our thoughts as much as possible. Affirmations work very rapidly with young children because they still remember the truth of their inner power, abundance and love.  Reinforcing these positive thoughts and feelings gives children the self-confidence, positive attitude and beliefs which help them create joyful experiences". http://www.childrenlights.com/Articles/article_empowering_children_affirmations.htm

As parents, we all want our children to grow up with self-worth and self-confidence, and to feel good about themselves. As such, I think this is an amazing way to start kids on this path.

Today I will share one of our affirmations:
"I am happy to be me"

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