Positive affirmations for kids can play a crucial role in building their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
Children are like sponges and they soak up the messages they receive, both positive and negative. By providing them with positive affirmations, we can help them to develop a positive self-image, increase their self-worth, and instil in them the belief that they are capable and deserving of happiness, success and love!
Positive affirmations for kids are simple, positive phrases or statements that children can repeat to themselves regularly. These affirmations help to counteract negative self-talk and promote positive thoughts and feelings.
In this blog, we have shared a list of 48 positive affirmations to help provide ideas of phrases that can be used for positive self-reinforcement.
Although the below sayings are inspiring, if you’re looking for new and different ideas for positive affirmations for kids, we find that keeping them simple and making them fun is the best way to use them in practice. That’s why we’ve made our positive affirmation Banana Cards! These cards contain 48 simple positive affirmations that keep things playful and visual. They’re perfect for keeping things light and fun, so that it doesn’t feel like a boring or forced task to use them in real life.
Perfect for bringing mindfulness into your home or school in a way that’s fun! Download your FREE set of Cosmic Kids Banana Cards – a PDF containing 48 positive affirmation cards.
We’ve also shared some positive affirmation videos below this list that are perfect for watching with kids. These videos encourage positive thinking, calmness, creating a growth mindset and overcoming the negative voices in our minds!
48 child-friendly positive affirmations that can be used everyday:
- I am loved and appreciated.
- I am brave and strong.
- I can do anything I set my mind to.
- I am unique and special.
- I am kind and honest.
- I am a good friend.
- I am worthy of happiness.
- I have many talents and abilities.
- I am smart and capable.
- I choose to be happy and have fun.
- I am loved just the way I am.
- I am proud of who I am.
- I can handle challenges with courage and determination.
- I am full of creativity and imagination.
- I can learn anything I want to learn.
- I have the power to make a difference in the world.
- I am confident and self-assured.
- I am appreciated for being me.
- I am grateful for my friends and family.
- I am surrounded by love and support.
- I am going to make today count.
- I am positive and optimistic.
- I am a good listener and helper.
- I can handle challenges.
- I always do my best.
- I am always improving and growing.
- I am a good role model for others.
- I know it’s ok to make mistakes.
- I have the power to control my thoughts and emotions.
- I am a positive influence on those around me.
- I am a great friend and make others feel loved and valued.
- I am appreciated for my kindness and compassion.
- I am an important part of my community.
- I am happy and fulfilled.
- I am respectful and courteous.
- I am responsible and dependable.
- I am a good sport and love to play.
- I am loved and respected.
- I am a good person.
- I am able to forgive and move on.
- I am deserving of love and respect.
- I am proud to be different.
- I am proud of my achievements.
- I am happy and content with who I am.
- I am a lifelong learner.
- I am positive and optimistic.
- I am a good example to others.
- I am valued.
Kids positive affirmation videos
1. ‘Stay Calm, Keep Breathing & Think Positive’ – Featuring Popcorn the Dolphin
Popcorn introduces this affirmation and we use it over and over on our adventure to find the yoga treasure, in this yoga adventure all about staying calm when things get tough. A super positive affirmation that reminds us what we need to do when things get challenging and all we want to do is run away!
2. ‘I love being me.’ – Featuring Norris the Baby Seahorse
This is a lovely yoga adventure about bullying – but here we realise that the solution isn’t to try to change the bully’s behaviour but to build up our own confidence by believing that we are wonderful just as we are.
3. ‘YES I CAN!’ – Zen Den: Featuring The ‘I Can’t’ Monster
A full video about kids can overcome that negative voice that tells us that we can’t do something. Jaime helps us understand how we break down that tendency including by using the affirmation ‘YES I CAN!’
4. ‘I can challenge myself to learn new things’ – Zen Den: Developing a Growth Mindset
We explore how our outlook can hugely impact the way we face challenges in life and how much the word YET unlocks growth and learning.
What is the best way to use positive affirmations for kids?
The best way to use positive affirmations for kids is to encourage them to repeat the affirmations regularly, either out loud or silently. You can write the affirmations on flashcards or a poster and display them in a place where your child can see them often, such as their bedroom or playroom. You can also have your child practice saying the affirmations before bed, after waking up, or during quiet moments throughout the day. Encourage your child to believe in the affirmations and feel good while saying them.
Why are positive affirmations important for children?
Positive affirmations can give us a sense of identity that is flexible, as we can choose the positive affirmation that reflects us in that moment, rather than all the time. For example, ‘I am a good sister’, or ‘I am a good listener’ – we aren’t expected to be perfect and be both of these things all the time, we just need to be able to recognise that we are capable in different areas that we personally value in order to be moral, flexible, and good (Steele, 1988).
This ability to view ourselves in a flexible way is a good thing, because it means we can view different aspects of ourselves as being positive and can adapt to different situations much better – which is hugely important as children grow up.
How often should kids use positive affirmations?
The frequency of using positive affirmations is up to the individual child and their family, but it’s recommended that affirmations are used daily. Consistency is key to seeing the benefits of affirmations, so it’s best to make affirmations a part of your child’s daily routine.
Will positive affirmations for kids actually work?
Yes, positive affirmations for kids can be effective in helping them develop a positive self-image, increase self-worth, and promote feelings of happiness and success. However, it’s important to remember that affirmations are just one tool and it’s necessary to have a supportive and encouraging environment for your child in order to see the full benefits. Additionally, it’s important to be patient and persistent, as it can take time for the positive effects to take hold.
What other tools can I use to help kids feel positive?
For those looking for more tools to help children feel positive, we recommend trying kids yoga.
Kids yoga is a fantastic tool for parents and teachers who want to help children feel positive about themselves, as yoga has been shown to have numerous physical and mental health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, and boosting overall well-being. Yoga is also an excellent way to help children develop self-awareness and build confidence.
Cosmic Kids Yoga is specifically designed for kids and features fun and engaging yoga routines that are set to music and themed around adventures, stories, morals and characters. The playful and imaginative aspect of our yoga stories appeals to children, and makes it a great tool for keeping them engaged and motivated, and leaves kids feeling empowered.
Try it today and download our App to access the full library of kids yoga adventures, Peace Out audios and Zen Den mindfulness videos.