Inside: Learn what positive affirmations are their benefits and learn how to get your printable positive affirmations in Spanish to use at home with your child today.
Lately, Lennox has been struggling with a bad attitude.
He wakes up pouting. Sulks when it’s time to eat. Frowns when his playdate is over. Stomps his feet upon starting an art project because “he can’t do it.” And the list goes on.
Apart from his negativity, he struggles with communicating in group settings. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s bilingual, and he’s nervous about which language to speak, or if it derives from anxiety.
Regardless of what it may be, I know he is struggling, and I completely understand because I struggle with these feelings too.
In fact, up until I started working on my mental health a few months ago, I was a negative Nancy and I was always doubting myself.
I was beyond tired of feeling this way, so I made many changes.
Now that I have improved my mental state, I feel ready to help my son regain his mental state through mindfulness activities.
We started with learning breathing techniques and practicing deep breaths. Then, we learned about different emotions through books and by talking about our feelings throughout the day.
Now, we are working on building up self-esteem and self-confidence.
So, I decided to make some positive affirmations in Spanish (our target language) to use at home. And guess what? They have been working so well that I want to share them with you today!
Keep reading to learn what affirmations are, how to use them, and how to get your positive affirmations in Spanish today!
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What are Positive Affirmations?
Positive affirmations are brief phrases that are thought or said aloud to boost self-confidence and rid the brain of negative thoughts.
They are verbal exercises that can be practiced daily or weekly to improve the mind and rid it of negative, self-sabotaging thoughts.
Benefits of Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations have many benefits that might help you and your children boot those negative thoughts from the brain.
Positive Psychology states if positive affirmations are practiced consistently and repeatedly, they can have the following benefits:
- Makes us less defensive and resistant when presented with threats.
- Gives us more resilience to difficulties and builds inner strength
- Aids a more positive attitude and mindset.
While some people may be skeptical about using positive affirmations, Positive Psychology also argues that there is a psychological theory behind using positive affirmations, the self-affirmation theory. In this study, they found that “there certain neural pathways increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks.”
Daily positive affirmations might just be a great tool to add to your daily family routine.
Should you use positive affirmations with your kids?
If your child suffers from a ‘poor me’, defeatist attitude. Or, doubts themselves a lot, or both, as in my case, then positive affirmations might just be a powerful tool to use with your children today.
I recently listened to the audiobook, The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel M.D, to help me better understand my child’s pessimistic attitude.
My biggest takeaway from this book is that children’s brains are not fully developed until young adults.
This means that we as parents have to nurture their brain development and help children use their brains to full capacity.
One strategy to doing this is by helping children understand their upstairs and downstairs brains.
The “downstairs brain” includes lower regions of the brain that are reasonable for basic functions such as breathing and blinking. The downstairs brain is also responsible for impulses and emotions such as anger and fear.
On the other hand, the “upstairs brain” is reasonable for more intricate processes such as planning, making decisions, empathy, morality, and self-awareness.
Our job as parents is to help integrate the upstairs and downstairs portion of the brain. The author shares many tips on how to do this (I recommend you read or listen to the book, as I won’t listen to his suggestions here), but one of his tips that stuck out to me most was to practice mindfulness.
One tool to practice mindfulness is through positive, daily affirmations.
Through positive affirmations, your child will use the power of words to shift their negative thoughts into positive ones.
Through repetition, they will turn into your child’s inner voice and help guide them through difficulties and insecurities.
And, turning these positive affirmations into quality family time where you can connect with your child will help boost their confidence even more and maybe yours too.
How to Use Positive Affirmations at Home
There are many ways to use positive affirmations at home. Here are some ideas you can use in your home today.
Start these affirmations with your kiddos from a young age to engrain positive thinking into your child’s everyday life.
- Make a running list of affirmations you want to use with your child. Think about what your child and struggling with. Negativity, lack of confidence, anger, etc. Then, google and jot down affirmations that will work for your child! Or, make up your own!
- There are also LOTS of websites that offer already made lists for you, or printable positive affirmations like the ones I offer below! (Keep reading to get yours today!)
- Make an affirmation board with positive beliefs, characteristics and qualities of your child. On that board, you can add goals too and new things they would like to learn from the affirmations too, like becoming a great listener and having positive thoughts.
- If you use printable affirmations (or even write your own), print them out and add a magnet. Place a different affirmation on your fridge daily or weekly! Make it a daily routine to say that affirmation aloud throughout the day! This will help change your child’s thought patterns and boost self-esteem.
- Set up different affirmations in different areas of the house. For example, my son never feels comfortable initiation an art project because ‘he doesn’t know how’, or ‘cannot do it.’ So I added our Spanish affirmation that says soy creativo, I am creative on a wall in his room, and around it, I placed all of his artwork from preschool. Every time I add a piece of art to the wall, we talk about how creative it is and how creativity does not mean perfection.
- Place an affirmation on the mirror. I dangled positive morning affirmations from the light fixture in my son’s bathroom. I will rotate the affirmation weekly.
The one I have up now in Spanish says “empiezo mi día con una mente positiva,” “I start my day with a positive mindset.” When we are in front of the mirror brushing his teeth and getting ready to start the day, we repeat this phrase with a tall posture so that he can start the day off on the right foot! This has been extremely helpful with getting him to brush his teeth in the morning without whining and complaining. What a great way to start a great day!
- If you can hold a melody, turn your positive affirmations into small tunes and sing them throughout the day! This will help them stick! Young children love songs and repetition. So the next time your child is having a hard time or a bad day, sing a positive affirmation to instill happy thoughts.
- Use them as reading practice! Print off printable affirmations and use them as reading resources for emergent readers! If Spanish is used in your household, make sure to print out my printable positive affirmations in Spanish below.
- Be a role model by showing how you can do small acts of kindness and spread positive phrases to loved-ones and people in the community.
I hope some of these ideas helped you get started with affirmations in your household. As I continue to use them in mine, I will update this post and share more fun ways we use ours!
What Positive Affirmations in Spanish Come In These Printables
Now that you know more about positive affirmations, I want to talk about what comes in my positive affirmations in Spanish printable!
You will receive 40 printable bohemian-style positive affirmation cards in Spanish to use with your children.
Print them out, laminate them and use them in some of the ways mentioned about!
This is a great way to infuse positivity into your child, all while using their target language, Spanish.
Below is a sample of positive affirmations that you can find in this printable kit
- Soy una persona llena de energía | I am someone full of energy
- Merezco ser feliz | I deserve to be happy
- Mis retos me ayudana crecer | My challenges help me to grow
- Yo puedo tomar suspiros grandes | I can take big breaths
- Puedo llegar a ser lo que quiera | I can grow up to be whatever I want
How to Get YOUR Positive Affirmations in Spanish Printables Hoy!
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