Affirmations for Parenting Young Children
As requested by Jenn Gray – keep shining Jenn!
I love my child.
I accept my child.
I treasure my child.
I am learning my child’s personality.
I am discovering how my child is growing and maturing every day.
I get into my child’s world.
I am not only a parent and caregiver, I am a coach, teacher, leader, observer, encourager, teammate, collaborator and co-creator with my child.
I communicate clearly and age appropriately with my child.
I understand my child’s desire to explore.
I understand how my child is learning through play and experiences.
I get creative in making opportunities for fun and play at any time of day.
I get down to my child’s level and I play too.
I recognize how much learning comes through play.
I remember my child is a child and developing many skills for the very first time…which takes time. I help my child by patiently helping my child learn, grow and mature. I offer encouragement and affirmation at every point of the learning process.
I pay attention to what my child is interested in and where my child’s talents are. I look for resources and experiences to foster these interests and talents.
I read with my child and my child sees me reading and taking genuine interest in my own intellectual development.
I make time hug and cuddle my child. I offer smiles and affection as part of how I create a relationship where my child can feel love, acceptance and belonging.
I explore with my child. I look at my child’s perspective and understand a different view of things.
I teach my child. I am clear on what’s fun and safe and I am clear on what’s dangerous and potentially harmful.
I affirm my child. In every situation, I know how to reframe my words to express acceptance and not shame.
I look at how I can prevent stressful situations for myself and my child.
I implement ways to prevent stressful situations for myself and my child.
I understand my child’s limits and I understand my own limits.
I understand the situations where there is a power struggle with my child .
I am able to step back and check my attitude.
When my patience is thin, I adjust my perspective and my standards.
I also reach out for support anytime I need it.
I brainstorm ways I can be patient with my child.
I use my sense of humour anywhere and everywhere I can.
I laugh with my child. I look for opportunities to be silly and playful.
I understand my child’s needs.
I understand my child’s limitations.
I exercise how to provide redirection.
I model respect by being respectful.
I reflect on how good character develops.
I reflect on how social skills develop.
I reflect on how life skills develop.
I share with my child stories of my childhood.
I affirm my child’s strengths.
I affirm my child’s skills.
I provide opportunities for my child to be involved with family living.
I give my child opportunities to decide how to help with family tasks.
I appreciate the help my child gives to the family.
I affirm the skills my child uses to help with family tasks.
I remember to foster love, belonging and encouragement in my home.
I remember the need for a connection before, during and after a correction.
I am able to say no lovingly and clearly when I need to.
I affirm my child’s uniqueness.
I affirm my child is special.
I encourage my child to discover the unique voice and unique personality inside.
I offer my child opportunities to make age appropriate decisions.
I draw out what my child is thinking or perceiving by asking questions.
I validate my child’s feelings.
I encourage and affirm my child every chance I get.
I validate when my child feels hurt, upset, disappointed or frustrated.
I verbalize when my child feels hurt, upset, disappointed or frustrated.
I validate when my child feels excited, content, confident or relaxed.
I verbalize when my child feels excited, content, confident or relaxed.
I make sure I communicate what my child can do more than I communicate what my child can’t do.
I recognize when my child feels scared.
I help my child process this emotion.
I practice the phrases I want my child to hear and I am careful with language that I want to reduce or leave out altogether.
I express what I see, what I hear and how I feel.
I also remember my non-verbal communication speaks louder than the words I say.
I am skilled at maximizing on teachable moments with my child.
I am quick to praise my child and quick to laugh with my child.
I train my eyes to see and read the body language and nonverbal cues of my child.
I get in tune with my child’s emotional energy and needs.
I practice a life of connection, security and trust with and for my child.
I acknowledge when I feel stressed around my child.
I breathe deeply when I feel stressed.
I remember my child is learning how to cope with stress by watching how I manage stress.
I create points of connection with my child through things like nicknames, original songs, family rituals and secret handshakes.
I help my child learn to identify feelings of fatigue, confusion and frustration.
I help my child learn to identify feelings of satisfaction, achievement and joy.
In all of this, I accept that I am human and am making mistakes.
I am learning from my mistakes and becoming a better parent, day by day, week by week.
I celebrate and am grateful for my role, not only as parent and caregiver, but also as coach, teacher, cheerleader, leader, observer and co-creator for and with my child.
I love my child.
I love being a parent.
I am growing as a parent every single day.
Affirmations by Josie Ong
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