Tweens - the years where most of our girls start to question their worth, their strength, their beauty, and their body image.
So how do we guide our tweens towards a positive self-image, where they intrinsically know their strengths as well as their areas to work on? One way we can help them to develop this internal internal talk, is by teaching them how to use affirmations.
Because our thoughts DO hold a lot of power —> the thoughts our children have about themselves becomes their internal talk —> their internal talk forms their beliefs about themselves and their place in the world.
That is powerful ish.
But what *are* positive affirmations, and how can they specifically help tweens?
Basically, positive affirmations are positive, *concise*, present tense statements that you read or speak out loud, that help you visualize and believe in the truth of what you’re declaring.
They can help tweens to:
Learn who they are
Build their self-esteem
Use positive thinking
Recognize their emotions
Create a growth mindset (not YET)
Help them build the belief that they have the power to create the life they want
Find balance between their internal and external worlds
Below are 5 examples of positive affirmations for tweens, save them and send them to your tween - they can use them as a screensaver on their iPad or phone, or you can print them out and leave them around the house, to remind them how amazing they are!! I use these positive affirmations all the time in my tween yoga classes & tween yoga camps, and they are so popular with the tween girls.
But remember, if your tween makes their own, the affirmations become even *more* powerful.
A few suggestions if your tween wants to create their own affirmation cards:
It *has* to have meaning for the person saying it,
It has to feel real,
Make the affirmation positive
Write it in the present tense “I am” versus “I want to be…”
I would love for you to share with me some of the affirmations your tweens come up with!