Having a positive mindset is important at any age. As we begin a new year, we wanted to share some powerful mantras and affirmations you can use with your children to help with their outlook and wellbeing. While it may feel a little silly at first to say these things out loud, saying these things can boost confidence, increase happiness, and handle difficult situations.
Mantra #1 – I Am Kind
While this one is fairly simple, it’s a direct and straightforward mantra we should all use from time to time. Teaching empathy and understanding, this mantra encourages children to be kind to their peers. Their parents, their teachers, to animals, and to themselves.
Mantra #2 – Every Day Brings New Opportunities
Each day is a chance to start over or to start something new. Opportunities are everywhere if you are actively looking for them. Teaching hope and optimism, this mantra sets the tone that anything is possible and that anything can happen on any given day.
Mantra #3 – Making Mistakes is a Part of Learning
So often, people are overly hard on themselves when they make a mistake. What we fail to notice, this is an important part of how we learn. It is through doing that we grow. Nobody gets it right the first time and we all learn different things at different paces. Teach kids to embrace the mistakes and to simply shrug it off when they don’t get it right the first time. As long as they don’t give up, anything is possible.
Mantra #4 – I Can Choose to Be Happy at Any Moment
Ultimately, we are in control of how we let things affect us. Things happen, both good and bad. But it is in our response that we can choose whether or not to be happy. This can be very powerful in times of a meltdown. As Ralph Marston said, “happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy.
Mantra #5 – I Love the Unique Qualities About Myself
Sadly, children often begin comparing themselves to others at a very young age. Whether it be looks, clothing, personality, or talents, the sad fact is that some children can feel inferior when comparing themselves to others. As we get older, we learn (hopefully) that these sorts of comparisons have no merit. Everyone is different and brings a unique skill to the table. Discover the uniqueness in your child and celebrate it!