As educators we are always looking for ways to build our students up and instill them with confidence. One of the ways we do this is by using positive affirmations that help the kids we work with feel valued, respected, and understood.
Positive affirmations are more than just feedback or saying “good job”; they are sincere statements that notice and appreciate the successful behaviour, skill, or decision someone has done or made.
This Valentine’s Day we’d like to share some of the ways you can offer positive affirmations to the kids in your life, because when a child feels supported, they will truly believe that they can do great things!
Positive Affirmations to Say to Your Child:
1. You have great ideas!
2. You are so creative!
3. I’ve noticed how hard you’re working on _______________.
4. You are so funny/clever/smart/kind/etc…
5. It makes me feel proud to see that you didn’t give up.
6. I love the way you did that.
7. You are important. What you say and do matters to me.
8. I made a mistake; I’m sorry. How can I help you better next time?
9. I hear you asking for space and will let you have some time to yourself, but I’m staying nearby in case you need me.
10. I love how unique you are! You’re the only person I know who can ______________________.
11. I’m so glad you asked me that question. Let’s figure out the answer together.
12. I respect your choice to say “no.”
13. I have so much fun spending time with you.
14. I love you.
Positive affirmations can be shown through actions too; spending quality time with your child where you are free from distractions can also make a child feel supported. Recognizing boundaries, practicing consent, and giving your child autonomy over their body are also ways you can build a strong bond and let them know that you love and respect them.
What other positive affirmations do you offer your child? Could you add more to our list?
Whether you are an educator, a parent, or another caring adult in a child’s life, you can find ways to offer positive affirmations to the kids you spend time with. The key is to make those affirmations personal and show that you are truly noticing how a child is succeeding and that you respect them enough to recognize it.
Happy Valentine’s Day, from Access Learning ❤