You only have to hear a child put themselves down - I can't..., I'll never...., It's too hard.... and watch their body language to know that they believe in every way the negative things they say. It just breaks your heart. Every child has unlimited potential for greatness.
Kids and adults alike - what we think is manifested in the way we feel. Which is why, if you've ever asked me how I am, my standard answer is "fantastic" or "fabulous".
Last week with the 3/4's at PA State School towards the end of the class, the kids were colouring while listening to "Positive Affirmations for Children" by Teacher Kay. It was heartening to see them either listening carefully or repeating the affirmations, without even thinking about it. Link to itunes at bottom of page
With repetition putting positive thoughts into their subconscious won't leave any room for the negative thoughts.
Some simple things you can do - a changing message on a blackboard, affirmation notes in their lunch box and reminding them everyday to think good things. And of course show them what it looks like by doing it yourself.
Link at bottom of page.
My current affirmation is "I live in a clean and tidy home". I've been a bit busy of late and saying this repeatedly reminds me to stop and pick it up or put it away, instead of stepping over it, which takes no more time and creates a positive piece of head space. Win-Win!!
"A person's a person no matter how small" ~ Dr Suess
Tracey is a knowledgeable yoga instructor and the children look forward to her regular visits. It's amazing to watch the children grow and learn the poses and strategies that she uses. The children are always excited to share what they have learnt and often transfer what they have done that day into other aspects of their play. Educators are using the calming strategies during the day.
Tracey, my daughter loves your yoga classes at day care. I have just watched her attempt to retell a story through yoga. Thoroughly cute! Thanks so much for your thought and effort.