Positive affirmations for kids can be a powerful tool to help them create a positive mindset at an early age. The sooner you start, the better!
Kids can benefit from affirmations that help them love themselves, get along with others, and speak up.
Affirmations can also help them learn about their emotions.
In this post, we’ll cover 99 affirmation ideas for kids as well as some ways kids can use positive affirmations.
What are positive affirmations for kids?
Affirmations are short, positive statements that affirm certain positive ideas or beliefs to the person saying them.
Repeating affirmations can help people change their thoughts and behavior, and achieve goals. While affirmations are often associated with personal development, they can be used in any area of life.
Affirmations for kids specifically are affirmations that are tailored to skills, beliefs, and habits that are helpful for children to develop. They also tend to use simpler and more playful language.
However, you’ll find that many of these statements may be useful for adults, too!
Most affirmations share a few key characteristics. First, affirmations should be positive statements that reflect reality as you want it to be, not as you see it now. Additionally, they should be stated in the present tense, as if you have already achieved your goal or adopted the belief.
Why should kids use positive affirmations
Affirmations are just as important for kids as they are for the rest of us, if not more important.
Childhood is a very formative time where underlying ideas and beliefs start to form that can carry through many years of a persons life.
This is why many adults use therapy as a tool to unpack the beliefs they formed in childhood.
So, positive affirmations may help kids develop a positive belief system about themselves and the world around them early on.
There are a few specific ways affirmations can benefit kids:
- Affirmations can help kids learn to love and accept themselves just as they are.
- Affirmations can help kids get along better with others and develop strong relationships.
- Affirmations can help kids speak up for themselves and feel more confident in difficult situations.
- Affirmations can help kids learn about their emotions and manage them effectively.
These skills begin in childhood, but may carry into adulthood as valuable life skills.
Ideas for teaching your child to use positive affirmations
Learning to use affirmations is different for kids than adults, but they can rely on some of the same strategies.
Before using these affirmations for kids, it’s important to teach them about the basic idea behind these affirmations- that they are in charge of their mindset, and can choose positive thinking.
Note that this does not mean teaching kids that they have to be happy all the time, as this is obviously not constructive.
Here’s a few ways you could consider using affirmations for kids:
- Build a habit of using positive affirmations first thing in the morning, as part of a morning routine. Say your affirmations out loud in the mirror with your child.
- Try using an affirmation jar. Write an affirmation on an index card and put it in a jar. Each day, your kid might enjoy filling out a new card and seeing the jar fill up.
- Send affirmations in your kid’s school lunch. While kids might not have time to say affirmations out loud at school, they can benefit from positive reminders throughout the day.
99 positive affirmations for kids
- I choose my own attitude
- I am loved
- I am kind
- I am ready to learn
- I will do great things today
- I have great ideas
- I am creative
- I am important
- I am good
- My parents love me
- I care about other people
- I set a good example
- I am grateful for my family
- I am grateful to be able to go to school and learn
- I can ask for help
- I care about animals
- I care about the planet
- I am a leader
- I am helpful
- I am beautiful
- I am allowed to say no
- I am stronger than I think
- I learn from my mistakes
- I am a good listener
- I am smart
- I love learning new things
- I have a positive attitude
- I am kind to myself
- I can do anything I set my mind to
- I love trying new things
- I can turn this bad day around
- My feelings matter
- I am special and unique in my own way
- I am a fast learner
- I look forward to today
- I am calm
- I am honest
- I am courageous
- I can make my own choices
- I matter
- I can do it
- My emotions are important
- I am a good brother/sister
- I spread positivity
- I am grateful for today
- I can do hard things
- I look for the positive
- I am always growing
- I’m proud of myself
- I have healthy habits
- When I fall, I get back up
- I listen to my intuition
- All feelings are ok
- I can express myself
- I am learning who I am
- I am a good friend
- I am a good student
- I am brave
- I am growing to be strong
- Today is a great day
- I learn and. grow every day
- I pay attention to my feelings and emotions
- I pay attention in school
- I am good at a lot of different things
- I am happy
- I forgive others
- I can be anything I want to be
- I love to play
- I can do math
- I am blessed
- I’m not afraid to be unique
- My dreams are possible
- I am safe
- I say kind things about others
- I accept people who are different than me
- I try my best
- I am curious
- I can set boundaries for myself
- I love life
- I am happy because I am alive
- Even super heroes make mistakes
- I care for those in need
- I like myself
- I breathe deeply
- I can solve any problem
- I get to decide who I am
- I respect everyone
- It’s okay to slow down and rest
- I am not afraid to share my thoughts and ideas
- It’s ok to be afraid
- I have an open mind
- I am thankful for my body because it allows me to do so many things I love
- I can learn anything
- I can tell the truth
- My personality shines
- My life matters
- I listen to my teachers
- I don’t give up
- I am excited for life
It’s never too early to start teaching children affirmations.
We hope these affirmations will be helpful in your own parenting journey! If you’re looking for more information on how affirmations work or even want some ideas for affirmations to use yourself, I have plenty of other posts on affirmations for you to check out.
I’m a firm believer that affirmations can benefit anyone and everyone. So if there are affirmations on this list that resonate with you, why not give them a try yourself!