As birth doulas, Rainbow and I are frequently hailing the power of birth affirmations – positive mantras to repeat prior to and during labor to help a woman feel powerful and in control. I recently had someone mention that since her birth affirmations helped so much, she is going to start using them every day. But rather than mantras based around birth and how to feel positive in relation to that, these are everyday affirmations around parenting and being a good person.
This is an amazing idea! Parents, especially mothers, are under such scrutiny today and it’s easy to assume the worst about ourselves. We constantly hear contradictory messages on how to be a good parent and all the ways that we are subtly failing at the task. Shaming and focus on negativity does not work on helping people achieve. I saw it clearly in my days as a teacher and I can see it now when working with new parents. Let’s stay positive and the results could be amazing!
Some parenting affirmations to try out:
I am the still point at the center of my child’s world.
I am doing the best I can. I am enough. I can do this.
The decisions made by other moms do not need to dictate mine.
I am exactly what my child needs.
I will start the day with optimism. Today will be a good day.
My confidence as a mother grows stronger every day.
I am the best mother I can be.
Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.
I am doing my best. That is all I can expect from myself.
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