Building the character of a child through positive thoughts, feelings and emotions about themselves can help them through the course of their life.
As parents we want the best for our kids. But the world that we live in and the world that our kids will have to live in are different.
You cannot teach your child how to live or how to act in certain situations, because situations change with time. There is nothing subjective about life. It is an objective standard that continues to change, depending on the vantage points and the point of views in play.
Few parents understand the fact that their focus needs to be on equipping their children with a personality and a method of thinking that makes them capable of negotiating all kinds of situations.
Teaching our children the power of positive affirmations is possibly the best thing we can do for them. The importance of positive affirmations cannot be stressed enough. It is something to broaden the horizon of your child; something which will instill in them a positive attitude.
Positive affirmations can be used as a tool to program your subconscious mind, helping you overcome life’s challenges.
If you ask children to believe in themselves, to understand their ability to do things that others can’t, you are expanding their horizons and strengthening their self-esteem.
Affirmations are concise, clear, and positive and designed to influence a person’s own subconscious, so that they can move ahead with whatever they want to achieve.
The Key Characteristics of Positive Affirmations
Teaching someone the art of positive affirmations should be different to teaching other skills. There is no such thing as simply reading and understanding it yourself here.
For a true positive affirmation, the message needs to be felt and the feelings that have been expressed as a result of it, need to be understood.
Positive affirmations will only work if we truly believe everything that we state. Yes, in some cases, it might be a deviation from the truth, but this is what positive affirmations do — they work on your subconscious and make you believe.
The most important fact about affirmations that needs to be understood is that they should be repeated. The more readily you speak of an affirmation, the more easily you can convince yourself of the truth.
Walking the path of positive affirmations is a choice that you make, based on your feelings and your thoughts.
The more readily we use affirmations in our daily lives and the sooner we give this knowledge to our children, the better it will be.
Positive affirmations can play a huge role in the way that your children perceive life.
Some tips to follow
- The goal is not to teach your children how important positive affirmations are for them or why they work. That is all ancillary to the primary purpose, which is to allow them to appreciate themselves. Caress their self-esteem by words of belief, confidence and recognition of talent and skill that is seldom seen.
- Our mind works in strange ways; it understands some things and forgets others. What should be understood is that timing your positive affirmations will determine their susceptibility at influencing your subconscious. It’s better for parents to encourage their children to exercise positive affirmation before they go to sleep, since the last thing in our mind is often retained.
- Positive affirmations are anti-negative thoughts. This means that positive affirmations of children need to be free of negative words such as “don’t, can’t” etc. While they may have been used in a positive connotation, a negative word has a resoundingly negative effect on our mind and mixing it with positive affirmations would nullify the positivity embedded in it.
Light hearted, short, crisp and well taken sentences, phrases and appreciative remarks can form the bed rock of positive affirmation for kids.
This should be regarded as an important exercise, so that more parents will expose their children to the idea of positive affirmation and use it in the upbringing of their little loved ones.