Personal Manifesto Practice for kids

 

A couple years ago, Jan, a sweet woman I know from church shared a story of watching her neighbor and her neighbor’s daughter on the front porch struggling to get the little one to go to school. She was probably in Kindergarten and looked worried, scared and didn’t want to go. Then she watched the mother whisper something in her ear a few different times as the daughter whispered something back. Slowly and slowly she started looking reassured and calm. Soon enough they were holding hands and off to school. Later Jan asked what she said that changed the little one’s mind? The mother said she has her daughter repeat “I am ____ ” phrases.
Now I do the same thing each morning with my girls, unless we are running behind or racing out the door and forget. But I whisper in their ears positive affirmations to give them confidence and courage for their day and have them repeat it. Especially if I know something specific might be weighing on them. So grateful for this off-to-school ritual.

Me: “I am kind.”
Avery: “I am kind.”

“I am awesome!”
“I am awesome!”

“I am brave.”
“I am brave.”

“I am happy.”
“I am happy.”

“I am smart.”
“I am smart.”

“I am loved.”
“I am loved.”

“I can be a friend to everyone.”
“I can be a friend to everyone.”

Sometimes when they are mumbling I make them say it louder or over & over until they are more confident with their personal manifesto! I hope this helps them to learn to see the good they each have and to stand a little taller.
Now repeat one more after me, Avery: “I will not chase boys or like them or try to kiss them or let them kiss me or have a boyfriend or call them on the phone… or Snapchat with them ever! Or at least until I am 30 years old.” ; )

22 thoughts on “Personal Manifesto Practice for kids

  1. laura griffin

    LOL! good luck with Avery not talking to boys or kissing them til she is 30! sigh…every mama’s dream….this is a good lesson for us adults too…to repeat the phrases…I am kind…I am honest…I am loved…etc as we go out the door to work, etc.

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  2. Tiffany

    I love this Liz! We tell Madi every morning “Remember who loves you”. And she says “You and Jesus.” I love these personal manifestos. Definitely going to add these to our morning ritual!

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  3. Tabitha

    This is the best idea Liz! I love it! Mornings are crazy in our house, but it’s so important for them to say it back. I always tell them these things, but it’s different when they say it.
    Love it!

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  4. Angela

    Today I need: I will not fall apart because the sewer is backing up. I will be calm.
    I can handle this even though the husband is thousands of miles away at the moment
    I do not need a shower I do not need a shower.

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  5. Latrice

    This is fabulous. I’m going to start this in the morning. My daughter has to recite a poem in front of her class and could use a boost. As could I. Thanks for the tips.

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