It’s never too early to work on cultivating your love for yourself. It’s especially important for children, even as young as 10 or 11 years old. A sense of self-love will bring your child a healthy life filled with friendship, respect, and lots of good times. All you need to do is encourage him or her to practice positive affirmations for pre-teens.
Being a pre-teen can be eye-opening for a kid. They know they’re not babies anymore. At this point, words like cute, adorable, cuddly, and silly probably will not apply to them. They’re growing up.
However, they aren’t yet teenagers. Even though they’re becoming more and more capable every day, sometimes they feel like they don’t get the respect they deserve. Perceived to be too young to know what to do, adults and even their peers will occasionally say and do things that hurt their self-esteem.
You may find them talking to themselves. “I can’t believe I didn’t hit the ball even once.” “I am so fat!” “I’ll never be beautiful.” “When am I going to be better in Math?” You get the idea. Negative self-talk. Pretty powerful stuff.
What about the opposite? Positive self-talk is the only way to overcome the damage done when repeating unfavorable things. Let’s see if we can replace the negative with something more uplifting. “I am so good at hitting the ball.” “My body is powerful and slim.” “I am like a flower blossoming a little more every day.” “Today I am strong in Math; tomorrow I am stronger still.”
Promote self-love by providing guidance in practicing positive affirmations for pre-teens.
Practicing positive affirmations is so important that it’s become a part of some student’s curriculum. My eleven-year-old grandson received an assignment to do mirror work with affirmations.
An early proponent of mirror work was Louise Hay. According to her website, she was dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint” by the Australian media. Louise Hay is also known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between mind and body.
Louise believed the most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror. That’s because the mirror reflects back to you the feeling you have about yourself. Learn more about Louise Hay and mirror work here.
A pre-teen learns about positive affirmations.
So, my grandson, Joe was assigned to say his affirmation first thing in the morning. His mom was his witness. They decided to do it together. “I am awesome! Today is a great day.” First, he said it to his reflection in the mirror. Next it was his mom’s turn, and, finally, they affirmed it to each other’s reflection. It made them both happy.
They agreed that the use of positive self-talk could be a secret weapon for pre-teens. And, it felt much better than when he put himself down. “I think we should do this again,” he said.
Top 10 Positive Affirmations for Pre-teens
- I am loved.
- I am happy.
- I am safe.
- I am a bright student.
- I am helpful.
- I am friendly.
- I have faith in myself.
- I am kind.
- I can do it.
- My body is strong.
A really great idea would be to use affirmation cards. Maybe start with the above list. Create and decorate a card for each affirmation. Then pick one to recite 2-3 times a day. A good idea would be to start and end the day with your affirmation. Couldn’t hurt!
An alternative to making your own cards would be a free online download of inspirational affirmation cards. They are available at Kids Happy Apps.
Let’s start a movement and set an example for young people. Positive affirmations for pre-teens is just the beginning. Let every one of us make a habit of speaking to ourselves in a loving, gentle way. How about turning negatives into positives and, while we’re at it, saying with feeling. Oh, yeah, and out loud. In the mirror!
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