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3 fun ways to create positive self talk in children

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

We all have thoughts and some are wonderful, positive thoughts that make us feel amazing but often we have thoughts that do not serve us like fear, worry and self-doubt. Who has let self-doubt stop them achieving something? I know I have!

As an adult it takes a huge amount of practice and self awareness to catch those unhelpful thoughts and instead invite in positive thoughts. If we can teach children from a young age to have positive self-talk then just think how their minds are going to bloom and what incredible things they are going to achieve in life as there will be no room for self-doubt.

How can we teach children about positive self talk then?

Firstly we need to make it age appropriate by bringing it to life in terms they understand and can connect with. I love the analogy that our minds are like gardens - the positive thoughts are the flowers and the unhelpful thoughts are weeds. We need to water our flowers so there is no room for the weeds. (Photo credit to @journey_to_wellness_)

Then we can move onto fun activities that can help them water their flowers. I love these and hope you do too!

ACTIVITY ONE - Positive affirmations

Let's help fill our little human minds with wonderful thoughts of themselves. They can repeat this list of positive affirmations after you or they can come up with their own. It's simple and VERY effective at boosting confidence, self esteem and nurturing their delicate little minds.

You can theme the affirmations to go with whatever might be going on in