Here's Why Positive Affirmations Are Important For Children
Why should children be taught affirmations?
In a world where we are all living in uncertain environments and constantly digitally wired, it has become important for parents to not just encourage, support and love their young children, but also for them to teach their children to learn to create these feelings within themselves. Children are learning their behavior from the environment, and rewiring their brains from various experiences in life. Unconsciously most of us, and even kids, use a lot of negative affirmation. Take for instance these statements: “It’s hard.” “I can’t do this.” “I don’t like how I look.” “I hate how I speak.” These affirmations can get rooted deep within us and become our belief system. When kids are prone to constantly saying and thinking negative things about themselves, they will need to retrain their brains to think more positively. They can do this through practicing positive affirmations for self-esteem.
Author Amrita Aswani recently released her book A to Z Affirmation & Wellness Book For Kids. She had a rough idea that she shared with her friend, child psychologist Shraddha Sidhwani. It was a hit, and together they worked on the 26 words for each alphabet, along with a simplified definition for each and an example to go with it. “I always knew this could be a great concept for kids to learn at an early age and tackle tricky situations at home, school, with their friends,” Aswani says. She also lays down the importance of positive affirmations.
What is the importance of affirmations?
Positive affirmations are tools that children can use to support themselves. These sentences help kids develop a healthy sense of self as well as a positive mental-social-emotional mindset. Affirmations are effective to wire their brains in a happy direction and directly help them with their inner confidence. “The use of affirmation and positive thinking was never taught to me. I have read tons of self-help books and follow a few people who teach about the power of our own words and how it affects your life. I am extremely careful about the words that I use for my own life and especially of the words that follow ‘I am’,” Aswani mentions.
Key To Being Happy
We all have learned behaviours from childhood and early adulthood. Some habits are good, and some traits are toxic, yet unwavering. No one is perfect. But the language we were exposed to while growing up is typically the dialogue we hear in our own heads each and every day as an adult. As parents, you can break the cycle in your child. You can change the conversation they hear in their head simply by changing your language and guiding them to alter theirs.
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