Happy February, Super Parents!
With the flip of the calendar, it’s time for a brand new word of the month, and in the spirit of the month, we’re focusing on a very important kind of love: SELF-LOVE.
Why is self-love important, especially for kids?
Research has shown that children who have a strong sense of self-worth are more likely to have positive relationships, perform better academically, and have better mental health. Self-love is crucial to mental and emotional well-being, and it's never too early to start teaching children to love and accept themselves. That’s why all month we’ll be bringing you simple tools to help your kids practice and feel self-love.
Affirmations are an easy and powerful place to start because they can change how kids see themselves, and how they show up in the world. Here is a list we put together of five research-based affirmations you can use to help your children grow their self-acceptance and self-worth.
"I am enough." A study by the University of California, Riverside found that children who have a strong sense of self-worth are more likely to have positive relationships and to perform better academically.
"I choose to love and accept myself." A study by the University of Illinois found that children who have learned to love and accept themselves are more likely to have positive relationships and better mental health.
"I am worthy of love and respect." A study by the University of California, Berkeley found that children who believe they are worthy of love and respect are more likely to be treated with respect by others.
"I am in control of my thoughts and emotions." A study by the University of Michigan found that teaching children to take control of their thoughts and emotions can help them develop resilience and self-regulation skills.
"I am capable of achieving my goals." A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that children who believe they can achieve their goals are more likely to set and work toward them, leading to greater success in life.
Print and cut out these affirmation cards; Make them a part of your child’s daily routine; you could hang them around their room and say them out loud together first thing in the morning, paste them up in the bathroom and make them part of your child’s teeth-brushing routine, or even hand them out at breakfast to share as part of your morning meal -- whatever works best for you! The important part is repetition, making affirmations part of your daily routine so your child comes to believe in themselves and all they’re capable of becoming!
Remember that self-love is a lifelong journey and it's important to continue to reinforce these affirmations and encourage your kids to practice self-love as they grow.
As always, remember to stay super, and keep technovating!
The Super Sema Team