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Child affirmations, you say? Yup! Because . . . Lately, I’ve noticed a common theme in online social networks : sharing of posts, memes, etc. that revolved around healing and un-doing all the trauma that people’s parents have caused them. Tapping into that inner-child, and trying to erase or make sense of whatever traumatic things happened. Then there are posts/articles about raising our current children in a very intentional way that’s different than how we were raised ourselves. Its a very important movement, and one I think is gradually raising the consciousness of the planet. One soul at a time.
I Had A Seemingly Perfect Childhood, Though . . . (there WAS trauma)
Then I started thinking about my own childhood . . . Which, on the surface was absolutely peachy : Spoiled absolutely “rotten”, Disney/Universal Studios/Busch Gardens whenever I felt like it. Occasionally I would even do my homework at a theme park. Aside from that, I had a very close and loving relationship with my grandmother and mother. I got pretty much anything I asked for. I remember once when I was about 15, my grandparents discovered I was “depressed” and took me on a shopping spree – and that’s how I got my first Macbook. But MOVING ON, I DIGRESS. I’m not making this post to brag about my childhood. I’m using those statements to form a frame of reference for you guys. And to convey the truth that no matter how “spoiled” you believe you were, there’s still room for a growing child mind to experience traumatic events. I’m not going to get into the darker bits.
At least not on this post. I could write a novel. Since attempting to start making friends with my shadow self, I’ve realized some things : most of my triggers stem from my childhood. I’ve spent hours, probably over-analyzing certain memories, trying to heal from them. Or honor them. They seemed insignificant then. Nethertheless, they effected me in some way. The point I was trying to make : Seemingly small things can have a huge impact on our emotional and mental development. I can’t help but wonder how differently I would have turned out had someone done child affirmations with me.
The Soul/Body Separation
When we’re born onto this planet, our soul signs a . . .vow. Like, a “Vow of Amnesia”. We forget who we truly are. We forget that we’re all worthy, all perfectly and purposefully designed, divinely made, beautiful, creative etc. Beginning from infantry, we rely on the world, people around us, and our experiences to shape us. But how many times have you heard phrases like : “You are NOT your past experiences” “You are NOT your mother/father/sibling” etc, We’re not, but then . . . who are we? That’s a big part of the puzzle I believe we’re meant to find out. When you learn about who you truly are . . . that’s where the magic really is. That’s when you start to remember. And it’s amazing. After thinking and processing everything mentioned above, I wound up wanting to do something about it. As a mother, I want to help my daughter the best I can. I know I can’t do all the work for her… but dammit, I can help!
Mommy (or Daddy, etc.) & Me Affirmations
Just the thought of my baby girl not believing she’s worthy enough, or beautiful, or smart, strong, magical, etc. really broke my heart. She’s still young, so she’s unaware of those concepts, but I don’t think it’s too early to start reminding her. Cue the child affirmations I’ve started repeating with her. Standing next to her, while we look in the bathroom mirror, and hearing her repeat after me . . . it just does something to my heart and soul. It’s so warming, Sometimes I think I can almost see little magic sparkles of loving, positive energy. Every child deserves this. Every single one. I felt called and inspired to design a printable for you guys with the affirmations we use. It’d mean so much to me if you downloaded it, printed it, and started using it with your precious little one. I’m just trying to make a difference right now, with the resources I have. I’ll drop the download link below for you guys.
- 4 Different Designs
- PDF Format for easy printing
- 3 Extra lines so you can write your own child affirmations
- An entirely blank page, if none of the affirmations we use suit you
- ***I laminated ours because our bathroom stays very moist and humid, We use dry erase markers to write in different affirmations on the blank lines to change things up a bit***