Parents, have you ever wished that you could push a button and give your child a wonderful day at school?
You can actually give them the best possible chance of having a good day at school, or anywhere, by teaching them the practice of affirmations.
Affirmations help you and your children set an intention for a positive, successful day.
Affirmations are phrases that are chosen and spoken consciously.
They can consciously and unconsciously influence our behavior and actions.
Affirmation statements should be specific, short, worded positively, and spoken in the present tense, as if they are already true.
Here is an example of a series of affirmations that you can say with your children before they start their day:
- Today is going to be a really, really good day.
- Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good.
- I choose to feel good about myself each day.
- Today I create a wonderful new day and a wonderful new future.
- My day begins and ends with gratitude and joy.
- All is well in my world.
- I love myself just the way I am.
- I am the only person who has control over my thoughts and feelings.
When you say these affirmations with your children, use the tone of your voice to emphasize your conviction to the words.
For older children, have them write down their affirmations so they can read them each morning independently.
By believing a good day is ahead of them, children are more likely to make positive choices that boost the opportunities for success in their day.
Dr. Sharon and the VWS Team