Affirmations for kids and adults are so powerful.
Let’s be very clear first.
Affirmations are not woo woo.
What makes them woo woo is when they’re not believable or when you don’t put action behind the affirmation.
Do Affirmations Work for Kids
In short, the answer to this is a resounding “yes!”
We all have so much negativity and judgement turning around in our heads. We even judge ourselves for judging ourselves!
That’s why affirmations are so powerful. They help to stop that broken record of negativity and judgement.
The key is that they have to be believable for the kids, which is why Jodie Aman suggests kids use “strategic affirmations.”
Now, an affirmation (to be clear), is something you WANT to believe. But if there’s no belief ANYWHERE, it becomes woo woo and the belief won’t go anywhere.
For example, if your son or daughter hates themselves, using an affirmation that says “I love myself” won’t work, because they don’t believe that. So instead, you need to have them take baby steps with their affirmations to move them closer to the ultimate belief that you want them to have (“I love myself”).
So, in this example, a baby step might be, “It’s POSSIBLE that I might love myself.”
And you can take this approach with any belief that your child wants to have.
We’ve listed a few ideas of powerful affirmations your kids can use to get you started.
25 Powerful Affirmations For Kids
- I am becoming better every day
- I love myself OR It’s possible that I might love myself
- I’m an intelligent person OR It’s possible that I might be an intelligent person
- I’m proud of being myself OR There are things about myself that I’m proud of
- My dreams are achievable
- I give myself permission to do what’s best for me
- My opinion matters OR It’s possible that my opinion matters to someone
- I stand up for myself because I matter
- I’m not in a race, there’s plenty of time to get to where I want to be
- Reputation is important but doesn’t define me
- Even when I have setbacks, I keep going
- My friends aren’t always right
- I will do better next time
- I am happy, so who else is there to please?
- When someone is mean, it only reflects who they are, it doesn’t say anything about me
- My first love probably won’t be my only love and I accept that
- It doesn’t matter what I wear today because in 5 years, I won’t remember
- I’m not defined by my test scores
- I don’t need drugs or alcohol to have fun
- There may be people judging me, but only the ones most afraid of being judged
- I have skills that are unique to me
- I care about what’s going on in the world and want to make a difference
- I’m not lost, I’m still creating myself
- I have everything I need to be successful
- This is only the beginning
Bonus: 25 Positive Affirmations for Parents
- Everything will work out for me
- I was not made to give up
- I choose the person I want to be
- I have confidence in my skills
- I am confident around others
- If I fail, I will get back up again
- My confidence is without limits
- I will not take the negativity of others personally
- I am a beautiful person
- I’m allowed to say “no” to others and “yes” to myself
- I am loved and I am wanted
- I deserve and attract amazing experiences
- It’s okay to make mistakes, I can adapt
- Negative self talk has no place in my life
- I do not bow to my fears
- I will achieve all my goals
- I only set goals that matter
- I am constantly improving
- I am not dependent on anyone else
- I can go with the flow
- The more I give, the more I will receive
- My strength is stronger than my anxiety
- There are no challenges I can’t overcome
- I am talented and intelligent
- I face the day with calm and patience
Final Thoughts on Affirmations for Kids
Affirmations can be incredibly powerful for kids (as well as adults), but the key is that your child has to BELIEVE them. If there’s no belief then nothing is going to change, no new belief system will form.
That’s why you need to use “strategic affirmations” and take smaller steps to get to the belief system you want to achieve.
Encourage your kids to write the affirmations on their mirror (use lipstick or a dry erase marker) so they see the affirmation every morning when they wake up. And let us know how it goes! Drop us a comment below.