Writing affirmations for children is not that different from writing affirmations for adults. They need to be positive and expressed in the present tense. Since children like colour it is a good idea to associate a simple piece of clipart with each affirmation. That helps to make it fun for the child and also helps to develop their interest in reciting the affirmations.

If you are the parent of the child you will be the best person to know the level of your child’s vocabulary and so you can tailor the affirmations to suit. The affirmations should be relatively short and simple especially for younger children.It is important not to have too many affirmations initially but children can readily cope with 20 at a time. (We have three ranging in age from 7 to 3 who enjoy doing their 20 affirmations each day.)

When writing the affirmations, consider the aspects of your child’s behaviour and attitude that you would like to develop or encourage and write the affirmations around them. For example, if your child is shy you might write affirmations along the lines of “I make friends easily”, “I am confident”, “I enjoy playing with others” etc. When you have affirmations that are related, it helps to reinforce them. The three example affirmations just mentioned all target shyness so they reinforce each other.

Affirmations should be recited at least twice a day every day. The repetition and the regularity are important for them to be effective. Even reciting 20 affirmations will only take a minute or two at most. After a month or two you might replace some of the affirmations with others or even develop a complete new lot of affirmations.

The important thing is to make a start and to be consistent. You can always modify the affirmations as time goes by based on your perception of your child’s needs. As long as the affirmations are positive and recited regularly they will be having an beneficial effect on your child. It may be a while before you see visible signs of change but be patient. You are nurturing a seed of confidence and it may take time to flower.

If you would like some affirmations to use as a starting point, you are welcome to download them here. To save the file, just right click on the link and choose “Save as…” or “Save Link As…“. It is a PDF file so you will need Acrobat Reader or equivalent to view it. The affirmations are simple and have a small piece of clipart with each one. There are four affirmations per page. Print the 5 pages, cut them out, and use the ones that you think will be useful for your child.

Till next time.