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Purposefully and Powerfully Shape the Next Generation

If you have been reading my column you have heard me mention before that when zwe were children the adults in our lives (parents, teachers, pastors and others) played a major role in telling us who we are. The image of ourselves we develop and carry is based on what we were told repeatedly during our formative years.

The “tapes” that began to play in our minds in those early years, continue to playback in endless loops in our adult life. If the words we heard were supportive, then as adults, we have favorable self-views and find our way more easily through life. If those words were judgmental and degrading, then we tend to have self-esteem and experience life as a struggle.

Each of us has power to bring about change in the World around us, particularly those of us who interact with children on a regular basis. Kids often take what we say as truth. In their innocence, they trust us and assume that what we tell them is right. The words we speak to them lay the foundation for their belief systems and patterns of thought.

Watch your words, dear adults. Notice what you are saying to your kids. Even one more kind word a day makes a difference. Each word you say is full of energyit is based either in love or in fear. What do you desire to contribute? What impact do you want to have? Ask the Universe for help in consciously choosing words that uplift and support.

As The Thought Dr., I write affirmations regularly for clients. I realized several years ago that a set of Daily Affirmations for Young People was needed. I felt guided this week to share these affirmations with you.

An affirmation is a statement of intention. It expresses a desire for what we want to create. It is stated in the present tense knowing that built in us is the capacity to be what we express. These statements allow us to clarify and firm up our view of ourselves and one another. It is with this shared vision in mind–our vision for ourselves, other adults and children that I have chosen to state these affirmations in a way that includes all of us.

These affirmations can help provide a solid, positive foundation for our thinking. They may also help you re-see yourself and others in a new light. It is my hope that you will naturally find yourself reinforcing these words with loving actions.

Daily Affirmations for Young People

I am amazing. You are amazing. We are amazing.

I am valuable. You are valuable. We are valuable.

I am important. You are important. We are important.

I am here for a reason. You are here for a reason. We are here for a reason.

I am gifted. You are gifted. We are gifted.

I am talented. You are talented. We are talented.

I am strong. You are strong. We are strong.

I am full of love. You are full of love. We are full of love.

I enjoy life. You enjoy life. We enjoy life.

I like to be happy. You like to be happy. We like to be happy.

I am kind to others. You are kind to others. We are kind to others.

I am smart. You are smart. We are smart.

I lead by example. You lead by your example. We lead by our example.

I am a leader. You are a leader. We are leaders.

I listen to my heart. You listen to your heart. We listen to our hearts.

I respect others. You respect others. We respect others.

I speak my truth. You speak your truth. We speak our truth.

I am honest. You are honest. We are honest.

I love to read and learn. You love to read and learn. We love to read and learn.

I make the World a better place. You make the World a better place. We make the World a better place.

How do you feel after you read these words? Is your energy flowing and do you feel good inside? Simple, positive, affirming statements can help you feel much better about yourself and your life. If you repeat these affirmations to yourself several times a day over a month long period, you will begin to see inner shifts take place in how you view yourself and your life. It is a beginning.

Why not give the next generation of children a head start in life by giving them a solid foundation of mental patterns? They can stand on our shoulders rather than having to repeat our personal issues and patterns. The words that you put out to others take on a life of their own. As the famous American poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, “A word is dead once it is said, some sayI say the word begins to live that day.” It is difficult for us to go back later and undo the results of words we have planted in our own hearts and the hearts and minds of our children.

Your assignment this week is based in self-observation. Observe your words. Notice, in particular, the words you choose as you communicate to the children in your life. What is it that you are telling them? Hear yourself in an honest, non-judgmental way. Become aware of the impact you have.

Introduce your kids to these affirmations. You can let them read them on their own. You can also start using these affirmations as you speak to them in daily life, “You are amazing, my dear child. I am proud of who you are. I know you are going to make the World a better place.”

How different would your life be if your parents had filled your mind with these wonderful, empowering ideas?

We create our future as we interact with our children. The question is, what are we going to create?

Food For Thought

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

— Stacia Tauscher

Patricia G. Omoqui 2010, All Rights Reserved.

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