50 Positive Affirmations for Kids

What are positive affirmations for kids?

During these challenging and uncertain times, it’s important to remain hopeful, and positive affirmations are a great way for students and educators to start the day. But what are they?

Positive affirmations are ideas and phrases that help us overcome negative thoughts and feelings.

Typically, they are limited to only a few words so that they can be easily remembered and repeated.

And for kids and adults, they can be an effective tool to help us achieve our ambitions and a way to ward off negative self-talk.

positive affirmations for kids

How do kids benefit from positive affirmations?

When we believe something will come true, either positive or negative, it is much more likely to be the case. So why not use that to our advantage and focus on the positive?

In fact, we know from research that when we focus, we reinforce areas and pathways in our brains to make them more resilient. And with these new pathways, we reduce the influence of prior, negative pathways.

Over time, by focusing on positive affirmations, kids can shed their negative self-talk and gain a sense of confidence and well being.

Instructions for using positive affirmations

We’ve compiled a list of 50 positive affirmations for kids, and we recommend that you share one affirmation each day, or one each week, as part of a morning meeting with your students.

  1. Choose one affirmation from the list below
  2. Tell your students that you are sharing a few words to help them think positively and feel better
  3. Say the phrase out loud, and ask students to repeat it back to you
  4. Even if you are working with your students remotely, encourage them to look directly at you
  5. Repeat step 3 several times
  6. As a group, talk about what the words mean and why they help improve our outlook
  7. Ask your students to repeat the affirmation several times during the day and especially when a negative thought pops into their head

Note: You may want to use these positive affirmations in conjunction with our Affirmation Cards for Kids lesson or have students include their favorite affirmations in a Social Emotional Learning Journal. And as always, if you have students in need of additional SEL support, please take a look at our online, SEL interventions.

List of 50 positive affirmations

  1. I am an amazing person
  2. My best is enough
  3. I will have an amazing day
  4. I can be anything I want to be
  5. It’s okay not to know everything
  6. I have confidence and courage
  7. I am smart
  8. Today will be great
  9. Today I will spread positivity
  10. I will make a difference
  11. I can make my dreams come true
  12. I am ready to learn
  13. I make good choices
  14. I trust my decisions
  15. I am important
  16. I have people who love and respect me
  17. I can do anything
  18. I am strong and determined
  19. I matter
  20. I am capable
  21. I am unique
  22. I make other people feel better
  23. I accept myself for who I am
  24. I believe anything is possible
  25. I can get through anything
  26. I want to do my best every day
  27. I’m going to push through
  28. I’ve got this
  29. I will take a chance
  30. I will get through this
  31. I am relaxed and calm 
  32. I will take deep breaths
  33. I choose my attitude
  34. I stand up for things I believe in
  35. I surround myself with positive people
  36. I make the world a better place
  37. No matter how hard it is, I can do it
  38. I will think positively
  39. Today I will be confident
  40. Today is a new beginning
  41. Today I will work through my fears
  42. Today is going to be my day
  43. Everything will be okay
  44. I am thankful for today
  45. I will be present in the moment
  46. I get better every single day
  47. My problems have solutions
  48. I forgive myself for my mistakes
  49. Challenges help me become stronger
  50. I will do better next time

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