Discover positive affirmations for kids, learn how to use affirmations with your children, and snag a free printable kids affirmations poster for your home or classroom!
I love my toddler’s spunk and confidence. She’s never been anything other than fearlessly confident her entire life up to this point!
Okay, so sometimes that fearlessness is difficult for me as a parent, but it’s still inspiring.
I know she won’t just magically stay positive and confident forever, though. I work to model a growth mindset and try to be conscious of my words and actions because I know she’s watching and learning.
Modeling the use of affirmations, and introducing her to positive affirmations for kids, are ways I’m hoping to keep her confidence and optimism intact!
These 35+ positive affirmations and a free printable poster will help your child stay positive and confident, too.
Your own words and actions are a great way to teach a young child because they soak everything up like a sponge. Affirmations are one way you can encourage yourself, and your child, to have a positive outlook on life. You can read more about other techniques for teaching a child optimism here.
Writing about positive affirmations for kids reminds me of the YouTube video called “Jessica’s ‘Daily Affirmation'”. If you haven’t watched it before, you have to check it out! It’s awesome. If we could all tackle life like this (at the time) four year old girl, we’d be in pretty good shape!
Alright, after that bit of inspiration, let’s look at the affirmations and how to use them!
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How to use positive affirmations with your children
As an adult, I like repeating my list of daily affirmations aloud to myself each day. This isn’t usually the best way to use affirmations with children, though.
Repeating a laundry list of affirmations can be boring for kids, which makes them ineffective. Instead, try picking one or two affirmations a day. Discuss the affirmation with your child – talk about what it means and how it makes them feel.
For example, if you pick “I am grateful for what I have,” talk with your child about things you are grateful for and ask them what they are grateful for. Let them know they can keep these things in mind when they say the affirmation.
You can print out the poster and go down the list talking about a new affirmation each day, or you can work with your child to select an affirmation that’s particularly needed that day/week.
You can also use affirmation cards and/or books to help your child. There are decks of affirmation cards for children and illustrated books with positive affirmations for kids. I personally believe in using a combination of all three – a poster to hang at home, cards to pull and discuss, and a book to read together.
Positive affirmations for children
If you’re not familiar with my philosophy about affirmations, you can read more about how to write and use positive affirmations that work.
In short, I don’t believe in repeating random ‘positive’ statements that don’t actually fit with reality.
People sometimes recommend things like “I love school” as an affirmation for children. If your child doesn’t like going to school, repeating “I love school” probably isn’t going to to them much good!
Instead, you/they need to find or write a positive statement that does jibe with reality.
For example, maybe your child can truthfully say “I like school because I get to see my friends.”
Here’s another example. I’ve seen people suggest affirmations like “I enjoy eating my vegetables.” If you’re tempted to make your child repeat this in an attempt to get them to eat their vegetables, that’s a pretty clear indication that they don’t actually like vegetables and the affirmation won’t work!
A better affirmation might be “I am open to trying new foods” or even “I am learning to try new foods.”
Feel free to modify these affirmations, as needed, to help them resonate with your child.
Let’s take a look at the 35+ affirmations:
- I can do hard things
- I am loved
- I have a positive attitude
- My body is strong
- I like myself the way I am
- All problems have solutions
- I am proud of myself
- I deserve to be happy
- I only compare myself to myself in the past
- I become more confident every time I challenge myself
- It’s okay to make mistakes
- Mistakes help me learn
- It’s okay to ask for help
- I can be afraid and do it anyway
- Trying my best is enough
- It’s okay not to know the answer
- I am going at my own speed
- I chose to think positively
- I can control how I react when I’m upset
- I know how to calm down when I’m angry
- I talk about my feelings
- I treat myself and others with kindness
- I am choosing to have a good day
- I believe in myself
- I enjoy learning new things
- I am enough
- I stand up for myself
- I can make a difference in the world
- I accept myself
- It’s okay to fail
- I can learn from failures and do better next time
- I am creative
- I enjoy helping my friends succeed
- I am grateful for what I have
- I am proud of all the wonderful things I can do
- I am learning to get along with my siblings
- I see challenges as opportunities
- I see the good in myself and others
Make sure to keep scrolling for the positive affirmations poster for children!
Free printable affirmations poster
For best results, print your poster on presentation paper. It’s a thicker paper with a special coating for vibrant, crisp images. It will be more beautiful and more durable than if you print on plain paper!
You may also want to laminate your poster for greater durability. If you laminate it, you can use a wet erase marker to check off affirmations you’ve already discussed or star ones you’re working on.
This poster is available free for personal use. This means use in your own classroom or home. You are not licensed to redistribute the digital or printed poster – please just refer your friends, family, and coworkers to this post so they can download their own copy!
Okay, so when I say poster, I actually mean posters. They’re the same, but one has bold primary colors in the background and the other has light pastel colors. They’re both in the same PDF so just print whichever you prefer!
If you have children, you may also enjoy this free printable woodland animal activity pack with low-prep activities for children of all ages!
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