Adding helpful thoughts to the day.
We all have beliefs about our own abilities and potential. These beliefs are part of our mindset which is so powerful it can fuel our behavior and response to stress. Our Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities. Establishing proactive practices with children can lead to dramatic shifts in the way they engage in self-talk.
To start, explain to kids that their mindset and the messages they send themselves throughout the day matter. To encourage engagement ask some of the following questions:
What does it mean to learn and grow? What kinds of things grow?
What does a mindset have to do with how you're feeling?
What are some ways you can improve your feelings when you're upset?
Introducing affirmations to kids can be as simple as repeating certain phrases to them throughout the day. Adding books and stories of characters that have positive growth-minded self talk can set a great example as well.
When I fail, I'll say I can't do it.....yet! and try again
I am brave enough to try
I can learn anything
I'm not afraid to ask for help
I try different strategies
When I try hard things, my brain grows
I don't give up easily
I improve with lots of practice
I am a problem solver
Certain things take lots of time to learn
Mistakes help me learn
I like challenging myself
It's ok to learn at my own pace
Feedback helps me grow
I focus on making good choices
I can handle it!
If it's not working, how can I do things differently
I'm excited when my friends succeed
My attitude makes a big difference
I'll keep persisting
It's ok not to know everything right away
I can make a difference
Positive thoughts create positive feelings
Great things can come from accidents
I give myself permission to try
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