As summer draws to a close, it’s time to prepare our children (and ourselves) for the transition from back to school. For many children, this includes the nerves of going back to class. Even if your child returns to a familiar place with familiar faces, the nerves of the first day may appear. They can trigger separation anxiety or social anxiety.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help children cope with the transition, including practicing daily affirmations. Numerous studies have shown that affirmations have a wide range of benefits, including stress-buffering effects.
Affirmations are especially helpful in situations where our positive view of ourselves is threatened, such as when we don’t do well on a test or feel left out on the playground. In these situations, affirmations can reinforce your sense of self-worth and your ability to cope with potentially negative situations. Here are some affirmations that can be practiced with children, tweens, and teens as the school year begins.
affirmations for young children
Affirmations are a practice that even young children can understand and participate in, especially if they are simple, such as
The one thing kids want to feel more than anything is to be seen. They want to know that they are an integral part of what is happening around them.
Love is the best emotional protection a child can have. There is no such thing as too much love when it comes to children. Making sure they understand how valued they are can make all the difference.
I can do difficult things.
If everything was easy all the time, we would never feel the satisfaction of achievement. This goes for spelling tests as well as having the courage to make new friends.
Sharing concrete examples of when you have seen your child be kind can help you internalize this statement.
I am good friend.
One of the most important parts of school is making friends. This statement reminds them that being a good partner is the first step to having good friends. Ask them questions about what they like about their friends and why. This can help children think about what it means to be a good friend in practice.
I can ask for help when I need it.
Schools are full of caregivers, but sometimes kids need to feel like they have permission to ask for help.
I can learn to do anything.
That is the goal of the school. And even if they don’t have a natural gift for, say, splitting, framing it as something they haven’t mastered yet can change the way they think about their skills and abilities.
I forgive and learn from my mistakes.
Remind them that we go to school to learn new things, so of course we don’t know how to do everything right away. This also applies to fighting with a friend or skipping recess to make up a forgotten assignment. Now is the time for them to learn how to cope in these situations.
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