Affirmations for Kids - Weaving Positive Affirmations into Storytelling
Two of the greatest gifts that you can give to your children are the love of reading and a positive self image.
When you can weave positive affirmations for kids into storytelling you are developing a bond with them and giving them a gift that will last a lifetime.
Children are naturally curious and open to new ideas. This is a wonderful time to incorporate a positive self image into the time you spend together reading. Even babies in the womb will benefit from being read to; the hum and sound of the mother's voice reading is comforting to the baby and strengthens the bond between parent and child from the beginning. As your child grows older, story time can be a regular part of your schedule. Toddlers who find it hard to settle down before bedtime will relax with less resistance if they know that cuddling up with their parent and a book is going to be part of the pre-bedtime ritual. Learning to love reading at an early age will help increase their vocabulary and help them achieve more in school.
At the same time, you are helping with their self esteem. Reading to kids helps them feel loved and secure, and incorporating those affirmations into the reading only strengthens the impact. Examples of affirmations that you can incorporate into reading are:
"I am connected to all living things." This is a great affirmation to use when you are reading stories about the earth and animals.
"I am responsible for my own behavior." This is a good one to use while reading books on how to get along in the world, or books designed to teach.
What bedtime stories for kids do you have on the shelf that can teach these affirmations?
- "I can learn at my own pace."
- "I am lovable and capable.''
- "I can be excited about everything."
These amazing affirmations are simple but powerful tools to help increase self esteem and a sense of belonging. At the same time, books on relaxing and learning to control emotions are also great self esteem builders.
A Boy and a Bear: The Children's Relaxation Book
One such book is " A Boy and a Bear: The Children's Relaxation Book", by Lori Lite and M. Hartigan which is nicely illustrated and easy to read, meaning it's short enough to teach relaxation techniques to your child but long enough to be included in the bedtime story ritual. (Kids won't take to books that are too short and might cut the time they spend with their parent.) This is a good time to incorporate meditation for kids into the ritual; they can learn to relax and meditation also helps with a feeling of being in control of their emotions and their surroundings, a problem kids have as they near school age and things begin to change.
The Affirmation Web: A Believe in Yourself Adventure
Another good book for building kids self esteem is "The Affirmation Web: A Believe in Yourself Adventure", also by Lori Lite and illustrated by Helder Botelho. This book is well written to include simple and to the point affirmations for kids.