Every Monday, I focus on manifesting. I do this to ensure I am streamlining my thoughts, and thus actions, towards the things that I desire. What is manifesting? By definition: display or show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate. But when I say “manifest,” it’s kinda like “secret-ing” (made-up word inspired by the movement The Secret) what you want. Ask. Believe. Receive. Other posts will go into this more but today I want to give evidence as to how manifesting, specifically affirmations when used as a tool, can work with children.
At my daughters’ school, the children get a great and unique opportunity to overcome a common fear (even amongst adults) at a very young age: public speaking. Every Friday, each class gathers with the parents to shine attention on each student and listen to a piece (song, joke, etc) for recital. Well…ALL of last year, my oldest daughter struggled with this task, all the way to the very last day of recital. I mean, week after week, she would cry or “pass” her turn to avoid facing her fear of getting in front of her friends and say something. At the end of last year, she accomplished standing up, after passing the first round, and waving her hand. Oh! It was tough to watch. She is well-liked by all, does great in social settings with peers, and overall is a confident little girl. But recital was not her thing.
After a restful and fun summer together, we started to mentally prep for recital. At first, my daughter said she was “shy”, didn’t want to do recital…etc. So, I not only gave her a coaching on a “new year, new you” mindset but also asked that she repeat affirmations to help shift her feelings around recital. The affirmations were 1) I love recital, 2) recital makes me happy, 3) I have fun doing recital. So for two weeks, while her and her classmates rehearsed for recital, I coached her at home.
And after two weeks of recital, I have been the MOST proud mom! My daughter stood up, did not pass, and in the first week, said her name and then said a joke during the second week. Each week was with a smile and no angst around the event. What a victory! Not only for me and her teacher after spending a whole school year trying to figure out the strategy to take with her, but also for my munchkin. She faced her fear and won. I think a few factors helped her get to her win, but I really felt the affirmations helped my daughter look at her fear and push it to the side.
Affirmations work well for adults but children can benefit from them too. Especially if they learn this tool at a young age, they can be better equipped to take on any challenge they face in life.
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