Positive affirmations have become more popular throughout the past few years, and for a good reason. Whether you’re trying to ward off stress, be more productive or simply feel a bit happier throughout your daily life, talking kindly to yourself can help you harness a brand new attitude. Positive affirmations have been proven to reduce stress and genuinely change peoples’ outlook on life, and you can apply positive affirmations to anything. You can even use them to become a better parent.
From self-assurance in your skills to reminding yourself of the beauty all around you, positive parenting affirmations can truly improve your life and experience as a parent. While you very well might know a few of these things already, a positive reminder can actually do much more than you might expect. By speaking positive things to yourself as you go about your parenting life, you can become more mindful of them and use them to your advantage as you guide your kids to learn, grow and experience a more positive world.
- I Have Everything I Need to Be a Good Parent Within Me
Sometimes, it can be easy to get down on yourself and feel like you’re not qualified to parent the way your kids deserve. Arbitrary things can seem important and you can sometimes lose sight of what matters — no matter how centered you are. By reminding yourself that the love, care and compassion you offer your kids is all you need to be the parent they deserve, you can accomplish your goals with confidence and a bit more ease.
- Today Is Going to Be a Good Day
This affirmation can apply to a variety of situations, from recovery to the occasional stressful week to the days that look sunny and bright ahead. You and your kids alike can take this affirmation to heart and even make a routine out of saying it to one another. By saying that each day is going to be a good day, you can encourage yourself to look on the bright side.
- My Children Don’t Expect Perfection
It can be easy to get caught up in wanting things to be perfect — so much so that you can forget what matters to your kids and truly makes them happy. Perfection often does a great job of impressing other parents or satisfying your own high standards, but it’s important not to get too caught up in the impossible. Nobody is perfect, and your kids won’t ever expect you to be. Loving them is absolutely enough.
- I Am Enough
Speaking of being enough, reminding yourself that you are enough can be powerful on its own. This can work on a multitude of levels — you are enough as a parent, as a person, as a partner and as every other role you play in your life. You are deserving and worthy of love, and letting yourself hear that each day can make your down days a bit better and your good days even more amazing.
- My Kids Can Teach Me Things, Too
Guiding your kids through life can feel like a big responsibility at times, especially when they get in those phases where their favorite thing to do is ask questions. Not having all the answers all the time can feel scary and overwhelming, but nobody said that you need to be a guru of life who knows everything. In fact, your kids can teach you all kinds of things about life, from living in the moment to selfless acts of love. Reminding yourself that you don’t always have to be the teacher can open you up to all kinds of lessons and tune you in to the wise things that often come straight from the mouths of babes.
- I Am Creating an Environment of Love
Reminding yourself that you are creating an environment of love for your children can work on so many levels. On the days where your temper feels a bit short, it can be a great way to center yourself and remind you of your intentions for your family. On the other hand, it can also be a great reminder that your love is what works to create all the good times and happy memories your children experience.
- I Deserve Self Care
Parenting is a selfless job, but caring for yourself can’t be overlooked all the time. Whether you’re stressed and in need of some alone time or you have a regular self care routine but still feel internalized guilt over prioritizing your needs, it’s important to remind yourself that you need to take some time for you. As a parent, you are the foundation — or half of the foundation — of your household. When you care for yourself, it keeps everything together. Even if your self care
is just a few moments of mindfulness or a walk in the park, remembering that you deserve it can make a huge difference.
Positive Affirmations Have Power
When you remember positive affirmations and keep them in your life, they will begin to shape the way you think. No matter which affirmation holds the most power for you, leaning into that positivity can create real change in your life. Do you have a favorite positive affirmation?