One of the first things you learn when you start getting more involved with the Unity or New Thought movements is the power of positive affirmations—words of Truth that remind us of our innate worthiness and our spiritual nature. Positive affirmations can decrease stress, improve academic or work performance, and increase your overall sense of well-being.
If we look at the third Unity principle, it reminds us that we are cocreators with God, creating reality through hearts and minds. We create our experiences with our thoughts and feelings or as Charles Fillmore, the cofounder of Unity, said, “Words are also seeds, and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance, they grow and bring forth after their kind.”
Positive Affirmations: An Excellent Tool for Children
When most people think about how affirmations can benefit their lives, they are thinking about the benefits for adults. It’s also true that positive affirmations can be an excellent tool for children.
Childhood is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging. It’s important that children are equipped with tools to combat negative thoughts, increase confidence, and build resiliency.
Positive affirmations can also help kids to:
- Boost self-esteem.
- Develop a positive outlook.
- Acknowledge challenges and validate effort.
- Counter negativity they may encounter.
- Learn how to better manage stress and anxiety.
- Perform better at school.
It’s important that children are equipped with tools to combat negative thoughts, increase confidence, and build resiliency.
How to Get Started
Here are a few ways to introduce positive affirmations to your child:
1. Affirm Your Child
Remember to take time to compliment your child on their accomplishments and to affirm your child. You may try affirmations like:
- You are worthy.
- You are loved for who you are.
- I believe in you.
- You are an excellent helper.
- Thank you for being honest.
- You get better every day.
- You are joyful.
- Every problem has an answer.
- You have great ideas.
- You support others with kindness and love.
- Every day brings new opportunities.
- You have a beautiful imagination.
- You have courage.
Offering affirmations to your child is a great start, but you also want to give your child the right words for them to affirm themselves.
2. Offer an Introduction to Affirmations
Talk to your child about affirmations so that they understand what they are and how they can help. Keep the explanation fun and encouraging. Tell them that affirmations can help them to believe in themselves more or help them feel better when they feel angry or sad.
3. Make It Fun!
You may want to make an affirmation board out of poster board or a corkboard, try different affirmation card decks, or create fun, visual affirmations with glitter, stickers, and colorful markers. Or check out the new Unity affirmation button, created with kids in mind.
This special talking button is a great way to introduce affirmations to a younger audience. With a single push, hear a variety of inspirational phrases to remind you of your inherent divine value.
- My light is bright and always shines. I am unique, happy, and divine.
- I can do hard things.
- I am strong, I am brave. I can make it through anything.
- God is in every breath I take and every choice I make.
Positive affirmations are a great tool for people of any age, but they can be especially helpful for children who are finding their place in the world. If children are given tools like positive affirmations, prayers and blessings, and visualization, they will be better equipped to handle what life has in store.