Kids are living in a harsher world today than ever before. As a result, daily affirmations for children are so important.
The pressure kids experience by constantly being connected to their peers through social media can be overwhelming for them—and for their parents!
With that, it’s more important now than ever before to make sure our kids feel supported. It’s necessary for our kids to feel empowered, and know they can tackle whatever obstacle life throws their way.
Our children need to know their worth. They need to know the value they add to society. They need to know that the sky is their limit.
One simple way that we can empower our kids is through having them practice daily affirmations.
To help, our friend Lisa from Lisa2Parent developed this affirmations activity for kids.
Daily Affirmations for Children Activity
Daily Affirmations for Children Activity Materials
To create your daily affirmation cards, you will need:
Paper or card
Crayons, felt pens or colored pencils
A black pen, possibly a thick permanent marker
Daily Affirmations for Children Activity Instructions
1. Cut the Paper
Cut the paper into quarters or to the size you desire the cards to be. Pro tip: fold the paper into quarters and then eighths and use the fold lines as guides for cutting.
You will need to find or create some affirmation quotes for your child, yourself, and your family.
2. Develop a list of Daily Affirmations Together
Here are a few ideas for you to use:
I am loved.
I am friendly.
I am helpful.
I can do anything that I set my mind to.
I am kind.
I play well with others.
I am responsible.
Every day brings new opportunities.
I am brave.
I am courageous.
I am trustworthy.
I am loving.
I am caring.
I am creative.
I am forgiving.
I am honest.
I am thoughtful.
I am perfect just the way I am.
I am important.
I am supportive.
As you’re creating these, talk with your children about the positive qualities you see, and incorporate how they feel about themselves.
For example, if they your daughter is funny, an affirmation card for your child could read “I am funny.” If your son enjoys being challenged at school and finding out new information, it could say, “I like to find out new information.” Write these affirmation ideas down so you do not forget what you have talked about.
3. Add an Affirmation to Each Card
Once you have cut up your cards and talked about the affirmations you would like to use, it is time to get your black marker out. With this black marker, write the affirmation on your card or poster.
This can be at the top of the card or at the bottom, even on the side. There’s no wrong way to do this! Just make sure the affirmation is legible for you and your child to read.
4. Add a Picture or Extra Words to the Card
Now comes the fun part! On each card draw a happy and positive picture. Encourage your child to draw them and use bright, happy colors. The possibilities of what to draw are endless!
If you have a child that isn’t a fan of drawing, you could write words or sentences that work with that affirmation.
5. Decide on How to Use Your Child’s Daily Affirmation Cards
Once you have finished drawing and coloring, part one of this activity is finished. Now you need to decide on how you will use these cards.
Will you use them as wall decorations? Will you stick them on the mirror or the refrigerator? Will you use them as a fun activity to do before your day starts and before your day ends?
To use as an activity, you can shuffle the cards up and pick a card each to read to each other, or for you to read to your child.
My personal favorite would be to put the positive affirmations on the child’s nighstand or mirror. That way, it is something they will see first thing in the morning.
Another option would be to, as a family, read one card each day before you leave the house and another just before bedtime. This way, the day starts and ends on a positive note for everyone.
You could also simply store your cards in a bag and have your child carry them in his backpack to look at if he is having a bad day. Decide what is best for you and your family, and put the plan into action.
It is so important to surround ourselves and our children with positivity. There are so many negative things in our world that upset us, so why not have positivity cards throughout your home?
The power of positive affirmations for children is real. Taking just a few minutes to do this activity with your child, then to decide how to implement the message into your child’s daily routine, can make a significant impact on his or her self-esteem and overall perspective of the world.
P.S. Don’t forget, you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you can assist others. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with stepmom life and want to lead by example, here are some great stepmom affirmations!