This year I took it one step further. I started writing affirmations on post-it notes, hanging them around the house for each of them to read. Affirmations are positive sentences written in first person that a person reads daily over and over again. In doing this, the positive words that the person reads starts entering their subconscious mind replacing negative beliefs with positive ones.
My oldest three are tween-age; and over the past year I've noticed that they are harder on themselves, using words like "I can't" and "I"ll never" and "He's better". My goal as a parent is to help them believe in themselves and their abilities. I want to encourage them to love every aspect of themselves inside and out. So this year, I started to leave positive affirmations on Post-it notes on their bathroom mirror, their bedroom door and even snuck a few into their lunch boxes.
In fact, my 10 year old son who has been beating himself up for two baseball seasons because he hasn't been able to hit, whacked the ball out to the outfield twice last night, bringing in five runs and getting two doubles! I really think these positive affirmations have really helped him!
Here's a video sharing how you can use Post-it notes to build your child's self-esteem!
Writing affirmations and sticking them around the house is such an easy thing for parents to do and it can be done in less than a minute.
All you need is:
- Colorful Post-it notes
- Markers or pen
- Stickers for the little ones
- Affirmations for kids
We as parents truly can make a difference in our kids lives!
If you have or start posting affirmations for your kids to read, please share how it's going! My kids have definitely become more positive and confident!