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Last month we wrote about the benefits of daily affirmations for homeschool parents and gave examples of affirmations to include to help you stay grounded in your homeschooling. Affirmations, when used with intention and purpose, can also help homeschool kids!

Although they learn in a different environment than their public-school peers, homeschool kids are not immune from the everyday pressures and issues that face kids, such as anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, perfectionism, negative thinking, a lack of focus and self-control, and a lack of organization and time management skills.

Affirmations build resilience and can help set kids up for greater success this new school year. Here are some examples of powerful affirmations for homeschool kids:

*It is enough to do my best.
* I can make a difference.
*My challenges help me grow.
*My mistakes help me learn and grow.
* I can learn anything I put my mind to.
* I engage in small acts of kindness to uplift other people.
* I can’t control other people, but I can control how I respond to them.
* I feel happy and excited to experience and learn new things.
* I am so happy to be alive.
* I am comfortable sharing my thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
* I am a good listener.
*I have the time and ability to do well on all my assignments.
* I practice self-control. 
*I will make the most of this day.

And here are some ideas on how to use positive affirmations for kids:

Affirmation Jar. Print out or write down affirmations and place each separately in a jar. Each day, select one from the jar and discuss it with your child.

Post-it Notes. Paste post-it notes on your fridge, mirror, or wall and encourage your child to take a look at them regularly.

Painting. Have painting sessions where they draw these affirmations. Frame it and hang it up on a wall the child frequently spends time around.

Daily Talk. Take out 5 minutes every day to sit together and repeat these affirmations. 

Reminders. Remind them of these affirmations in relevant situations so that they pick up the habit of practicing them.
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