Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #6 – Developing Positive Self-Talk. This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Developing Positive Self-Talk. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Watching Our Language.
We are now in week #6 of the Peaceful Parenting Challenge. For the first 5 weeks, I was really challenged by the topics since none of those habits came naturally. In contrast, positive self-talk is something I have developed over the last few years mainly by reading about the subject, attending seminars, self-reflection, and training myself regularly. I find positive self-talk easier than slowing done, practicing mindfulness and presence, deep breathing, etc – I’m sure that I will develop those habits too the more I do them consistently. It’s like anything in life, the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.
I believe our minds are our most powerful organs. In fact, I got my degree in Psychology (which really is the study of the mind and human behaviour). How we think determines how we are. So, if we want to change our life, we need to first change our thinking. Best of all, it’s even Biblical. King Solomon said, “As a man thinks so he becomes.” (Proverbs 23:7). I believe positive thinking starts with a personal decision. I choose to be positive no matter what the circumstances are. Also, you need to continually catch yourself when a negative thought comes into your head. We need to replace our personal insecurities such as “I’m not sure if I’m being a good parent” with the positive affirmation: “I am a good dad” or “I am a good mom.”
The practice of positive affirmations has helped me a lot. So, if you struggle in this area, I would suggest practicing positive self-talk: e.g. “I am confident, I am beautiful, I am a good husband, I am a good wife, I am the best me I can be”, etc. As parents, positive self-talk is extremely important since our children imitate us. If we can achieve strong self-worth through our mental conditioning, our kids will follow suit. I know that I want my daughter to grow up thinking to herself she is beautiful, she is confident, she is amazing! I certainly think so – I hope she does too!
To read my first five weeks of the Peaceful Parenting Challenge, click on the links below:
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
Positive Self Talk – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 6 – Katrina from Kalem Photography has been developing positive self-talk for about 30 years.
Peaceful Parenting: Week 6 – I am NOT an Independent Woman … and that is okay.- Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat reminds herself it’s ok to ask for help.