Every kid deserves to have someone in their corner who believes the sun rises with them and sets on them.
As parents we want our kids to have a strong support system, a positive mindset, and a healthy dose of self- esteem. When life knocks them down, it's our job to be encouraging them, reminding them, and showing them that they are capable of doing hard things. In a world with so much negativity, we have to build a foundation for a positive mindset in our children. Not only does it boost their self-esteem but it helps manage stress and calm their anxieties. This is called positive programming. I'm not saying this is easy, in fact, it's something I struggle with myself. But if I'm working on fixing and changing my mindset, I know that I can be fostering a supportive, positive one within my son.
Toddlers are hard. There I said it. But they are also the most curious, funniest, most forgiving and loving human beings around. They test boundaries, they break rules, they are loud and messy yet so beautifully creative and imaginative at the same time. I believe the hard days filled with tantrums, fits, terrible twos (whatever you want to call it) are the days where little ones are truly learning how to be human. They are learning how to navigate and properly express those feelings of frustration, fear, and anger and it’s our job to help them. Emotional intelligence is so crucial to childhood development. Can I get an amen?
I feel a great sense of responsibility when it comes to nurturing my son’s emotional + mental development. I want him to be confident in his ability to handle anything that is thrown his way. One thing that I have implemented on a daily basis is practicing words of affirmation and positive thinking. I didn’t know what to expect at first, all I knew was that these help me change my mindset and maybe it will help him at some point as well.
Little did I know that they would play such a big role throughout our days. Just a little backstory here: My son is 2.5 years old. There were a few older kids playing and running around our local park and he looks at me and says “Mama, I’m scared.” After a little pep talk, I convince him to climb up and go down the slide. As he’s climbing to the top I hear him whispering very quietly, “I am brave, I am brave, I am brave.” I was so impressed and so proud of him for how he handled that situation. After he was done playing he says “Mama, I was so brave!!! I did it!!” I’m sorry but cue all the tears. This is the power behind positive thinking.
Here is a list of 10 of our favorite affirmations:
I am loved
Every day is a fresh start
I am kind
I am strong
I try my hardest
I am brave
I am helpful
I am a good friend
I am smart
I am creative