8 Positive Affirmations for Kids

Updated: February 12, 2020
Positive affirmations are trending on Pinterest for adults, but we can also apply this mindset to our parenting and kids. Here are eight positive affirmations for kids.
Mother and father reciting positive affirmations to their two children

I love collecting quotes—since high school, I have jotted down motivational quotes I love in a pretty notebook. I’m a big believer in positive affirmations and think giving yourself (and others) pep talks can be a mood booster for kids and adults alike.

Currently, positive affirmations are trending on Pinterest for adults, but we can also apply this mindset to our parenting, and our kids. Here are eight positive affirmations for kids we just love.

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“I can do hard things.”

“Affirmations are a powerful tool to help our children grow into their identity,” says Heather Wallace, Positive Parenting Expert, Love and Logic Facilitator. “What you focus on, you get more of. This means that as our children focus on positive character traits they will see these traits reproduced in their life.” This quote is resounding in Wallace’s home. “I have seen my children internalize this mantra and act accordingly. 

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“I make good choices”

Says Wallace, of her family: “In my home, we value two things—not giving up, and making choices based on protecting each other’s hearts.” She also likes the quote: “I care for others.” “These affirmations keep our family culture at the forefront of my children’s minds which causes these traits to blossom in them.”

“Life is tough, but so are you.”

Here’s a motivational quote that’s trending on Pinterest. I love this one because I am raising two tiny girls in a great big city, and already, my older daughter is scared to stand up to herself; like the time a classmate took her beloved rainbow eraser and refused to give it back. I know, no big deal in the long run, but I told her the more she stands up for herself, the better she will feel. Little bursts of confidence will eventually prepare kids for a major burst of confidence.

“Be such a beautiful soul that people crave your vibes.”

I might need to further explain to my 5-year-old what “crave” and “vibes” mean, but overall I adore this quote. My grandmother used to say, “Kill ‘em with kindness.” It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice. I want my girls to be loving and kind, but also know when to say ‘no’ when they feel they’re being taken advantage of, friendship or relationship-wise.

It doesn’t get easier. You just get stronger.

Life is hard. Life is fun, life is exciting, life is unpredictable, life is chock full of coincidences...but to reiterate, life is hard. It has ups and downs and those downs can be emotionally daunting. I always want my girls to know how you handle the “lemons” life throws at you speaks volumes. You’re stronger than you think, my loves. 

It’s OK. You just forgot who you are. Welcome back.

Life is about creating yourself and finding yourself, and letting yourself, ‘go’ (with occasional not-so-fab results). You’ll make mistakes; you’ll fall on your bum, you’ll spend your youth figuring out who you are; what you are, who you want, and what you want. It can be overwhelming. Heck, even as adults we struggle with our identities. Find yourself a steady support system, kids, especially as a tween/teen, and allow yourself to have friends and family members who are emotional “rocks.” Let people in. Let people surprise you. 

Today, be the badass girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

I am a sucker for “girl power” motivational quotes. Be bold, be fearless, be a powerful woman—and give yourself a break, emotionally and physically—when life gets bumpy. Just pick yourself back up the next day. Never give up! 

Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.

This is a quote I need to recite to myself on a daily basis. I want my kids to learn how to accept criticism and learn from them. Of course, sometimes tough love/critiques can hurt, no matter who they come from. Other times, they may provide the wise life advice you need. To my daughters: Take the good with the bad (that’s part of growing up)and remind yourself people giving you advice probably (hopefully!) have your best interests at heart.

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