Children thrive off of routine, so putting them to bed in a new location with new stimuli and unique surroundings can be challenging. Toddlers aren’t known for their desire to go to bed in the first place.

My son was going through that adjustment period. One night, my son was having a particularly hard time going to sleep. My sister came up with a brilliant idea: she started saying affirmations. She told my son, “Zulu is safe. Zulu is okay.” 

These days my son is more comfortable in his new surroundings. However, the affirmations still calm him down. He asks for them during nearly every nap and every bedtime. This experience with my son reminded me of how important affirmations are for babies.

Affirmations are important and can have a powerful impact on your children. Here’s how you can incorporate more positive words and thoughts into your child’s psyche and into the universe. 

Start Here 

If you have young children, I highly recommend starting their affirmation practice with the ABC song from Gracie’s Corner. It provides a positive affirmation for each letter of the alphabet and can be a great way to teach your children to speak positively about themselves. If you’d like to create specific affirmations for your child, this provides great inspiration. 

When They’re Feeling Scared

The world is big and new for young children. There will undoubtedly be times when they have a little fear walking into a situation. That could be the first day of school, approaching a new friend or trying a new skill. Help them combat the fear with these affirmations.

Here are some affirmations to try when they’re feeling scared.

  • I am brave.
  • I am powerful.
  • I can do hard things.

When They’ve Failed 

Failure is an inevitable part of life. It teaches people how to course-correct and appreciate accomplishments. For children, accepting failure is hard. They don’t like to be wrong or mocked.

Here are some affirmations to give to your children when they get a little discouraged.

  • I know failure is not final.
  • I embrace failure and what it teaches me.
  • I can try again.

When They Need a Boost of Confidence 

Life has a way of fueling self-doubt and making the strongest question their worth and abilities. When you notice your little one needs a dose of confidence, here are some words for them to say.

  • I am capable.
  • I am enough.
  • Everything I need I already possess.

When They Need to Remember that Love is Their Birthright 

As much as you try to pour into our children, there will come a time when you can’t be there. When you are not there, you still want your children to remember that they are loved. These affirmations work when they are feeling lonely and isolated in the world. They work when they need a reminder of how much they mean to this world and many of the people in it.

  • The universe is full of love for me.
  • I radiate love and attract it to me.
  • I am worthy of love.
  • I love myself.