2020 threw us all the most giant curveball and taught us all a valuable lesson in gratitude. In previous years, our New Year’s resolutions may have been grand, full of good intentions and perhaps even a little unachievable. This year we are saying, let us not focus on what we want to achieve that is currently out of reach, but look within to build our confidence, accountability and most important of all – self-love.\n\nBeing grateful for what we have and who we are can often lead to an incredible feeling of contentment, but also give us the confidence that propels us to achieve everything we set out day to day, empowering our future selves.\n\nIt’s easy for children to tell themselves ‘I can’t’ and begin their negative inner narrative. Still, by making a habit of practising affirmations with them, you can change the way they speak to themselves, instilling a sense of calm, self-assurance and confidence. This makes children more resilient to any negativity or potential knocks they may face as they grow and develop.\n\n What is an affirmation?\n\nAn affirmation is a positive phrase or sentence that you intentionally repeat to yourself to promote positive inner dialogue and challenge any negative thoughts or emotions.\n\nDaily affirmations can motivate and inspire you or encourage you to live your life authentically. Affirmations that are repeated consistently and regularly are absorbed by your conscious and subconscious, creating a new positive belief system.\n\nResearch shows that activity in the brain changes when we repeat affirmations, with neural pathways in the prefrontal cortex increasing in number. This demonstrates that as well as promoting good mental health, wellbeing and resilience, affirmations can also have a positive physical impact.\n\nHow do I practice affirmations?\n\nIt’s straightforward to introduce affirmations into your daily life. You can repeat them in the shower, or the mirror while brushing your teeth or hair; you can leave yourself or your children notes around the house for them to repeat as they see them.\n\nThey could even be practised on the school run! When children see their parents practice and take part in the daily affirmations, it allows you to lead by example.\n\nAffirmations become more impactful when they are said out loud with confidence and conviction – it may take a few attempts before children feel comfortable in doing this. Still, the younger the children are when they begin, the more they will accept the practice as part and parcel of their daily routines. You could even encourage them to write and practice their affirmations as they become older.\n\nAffirmations to practice with children\n\n\nI am clever\nI am strong\nI am brave\nI am happy\nI am loved\nI love myself\nI matter\nI believe in myself\nI am important\nI am going to have a great day\nI am positive\nI am confident\nI am beautiful\nMistakes help me learn\nI can be whatever I want to be\nI am enough\nI have everything I need\nMy life is blessed\nI am a good friend\nI am a good brother\/sister\n\n\nEvery parent wants to raise a child that is happy, confident, emotionally intelligent and resilient. Affirmations have been proven to be a simple yet incredibly useful tool to empower children (and adults!) to achieve this and create a strong foundation to bring them through to adulthood.\n\nDo you have any affirmations that you practice with your children? Let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter profile!