Self-Esteem: Positive Self-Talk Cards To Retrain The Stinking Thinking Brain

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Kiddie Matters
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Adolescence can be a stressful time for many children. They have more demands placed on them, there's pressure to fit in, and they are trying to separate from their parents in order to develop their independence.

For some kids, the stress can negatively impact how they see themselves and their ability to problem solve. They start giving in to stinking thinking and self-doubt. If left unchecked, this can cause some children to develop pervasive low self-esteem and depression.

How can we help kids manage stress and their stinking thinking in a helpful way?

One way to help kids is to have children practice self-affirmation with positive self-statements. A recent study led by Carnegie Mellon University's, David Creswell, found that people can boost their ability to solve problems under pressure by using positive affirmations.  

This certainly isn't a cure all. However, positive affirmations can help stressed out kids retrain their brain to think more positively. Positive affirmations also help children to block out the noise from their negative inner critic so they can think more flexibly when they are under pressure.

These benefits make practicing positive affirmations worthwhile. They won't drastically change a child's self-esteem. However, they can motivate kids so that they can get through the rough patches.


It's important to note that positive affirmations may have a negative impact on children who are depressed and experience pervasive low self-esteem.

These positive affirmation cards are designed to remind children of the power they possess inside as they deal with the many stressors found in adolescence.

This resource includes:
48 color affirmation cards
48 black and white affirmation cards w/doodle frames for students to color if they choose
Self-Talk Monitor Worksheet
Positive Affirmation Tracker

If you like this resource, you may also like:

Self-Esteem Workbook for Kids and Teens

Self-Compassion Journal 

Self-Compassion Discussion Cards

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