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The Power of Affirmations on a child's mind

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A child’s mind has tens of thousands of thoughts a day, which come from what others have said to them and from what they say to themselves.

These thoughts include short statements, or affirmations that go over in their mind, which have a direct affect on how they feel and on their behaviour. The more positive the thoughts the more positive the behaviour will be. 

For example a young child starting nursery, who goes into class feeling miserable and shy thinking to himself that he hasn’t got any friends is less likely to attract some friends because he may be sitting alone and not wanting to go and play with the others. 

An older child who is going to have a test or exam may be having negative thoughts, which will make them feel weak and loose concentration.  They may be saying to themselves things like, ’I can’t do this’, ‘I am stupid and can’t remember anything’, I will never be as clever as the others’, These negative thoughts are like an annoying voice in their head that is convincing them of doom and glum and are played over and over in their mind like an old record on a tape recorder.

Without being aware of it children will play back the old tapes in their mind when something triggers a memory of it, like when you hear a favourite song it will make you happy.

As parents you can teach your child to say positive affirmations that will help them to feel in a good frame of mind such as ‘I am going to do really well’, ‘I will pass this test’ and you can also say positive affirmations to them, such as ‘I am sure you will do really well’.

These affirmations will positively stimulate the mind and affect a child’s behaviour because if they are feeling positive they are more likely to feel like making friends and studying more and behaving well.

With practice, children can develop the mental habit of using affirmations in a whole range of different situations, to help them to have positive attitudes and give them confidence and they can enjoy being able to direct their own mind to help them to achieve what they want in life. This way we can help to empower children to get the best out of life.

Write a guide of how to fill your child’s mind with positive thoughts and affirmation and how they will develop a positive mindset that will encourage good behaviour;

I can’t do this

I am getting better every day

I am stupid

I am strong

Everything I do goes wrong


Nobody likes me


It’s not worth trying


Nobody likes me


I hate myself


I’m useless















Remember you are far more likely to be able to help your child with positive affirmations if you use them for yoursel.  Give it a go:)

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