Families go through so much together. As family members, we laugh and cry, support one another, and grow with each other. These interactions shape our mindset whether we are the children or the adults of the family. That’s why it’s important to have strong and positive interactions that facilitate healthy and loving relationships with ourselves and each other. Whether you are navigating challenges or enjoying happy times right now, these 75+ affirmations will help you and your family to stay positive and focused on each other.
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are positive statements or phrases that promote positive thoughts. They can be used to develop new thoughts. Sometimes they’re used to replace negative ones.
Affirmations are designed to be repeated regularly so that a person develops a positive mindset and then reinforces those good thoughts.
They can be used to improve oneself such as to improve self-confidence, support mental and emotional well-being, and manifest personal goals. They can also be use in relation to external issues such as managing tough times with others or handling family drama.
Affirmations can be in many forms: written, spoken, visualized, or even actions. They can be related to different aspects of life such as relationships with one’s self or family, education or career, finding love, health and wellness, and anything else about the human experience.
I recently experienced a change in my mindset for the better with the repeated practice of acknowledging what I was grateful for every day.
At the start of last year, I started a journal tracking the events of each day and how I felt about them. Each night I would sit in bed and reflect on the events of my day. Shortly after starting, I started writing the things that I was grateful for because that’s what I wanted to remember and that’s what felt important to me.
There were big things like vacations and holiday celebrations, but often I would be grateful for small things like
- Cooking a tasty and healthy meal
- Playing ball with the dog
- Giving my partner a kiss
- Laughing at a funny joke
- Spending quality time with my family
After a few months of doing this, my mindset shifted so that I was much more appreciative of the little events that would make up my day. I found joy in things like looking up at the sky to see the stars at night or sharing an ice cream for dessert.
The repeated use of the phrase, “I am grateful for…” made me more grateful for what I have and what I experience daily. The same is true with practice of other affirmations such as the family ones below.
What if I don’t believe in affirmations?
For many people, the idea of reciting affirmations to develop a positive attitude or manifest something you want sounds like new age woo-woo. How can you create positive energy just by reciting some loving words?
The truth is that affirmations are new beliefs, so it’s normal that you may not believe them, at least not yet! Your brain may think you are lying to yourself as you say them and resist believing them.
After all, how can you say you have a happy family when you have family problems or you have toxic family members? It seems impossible but it is.
The first step is to practice the affirmations you want to believe repeatedly, even daily, so the positive words and messages enter your subconscious mind and become new beliefs. It may take weeks or months of repeated rehearsal for this to happen.
Beliefs are great, but actions matter too. Once you or your family have an affirmation or a few affirmations in mind to practice in mind, pay close attention to the things you and your family can say or do to make them the truth.
For example, if the affirmation is that each person in the family is respectful of one another, these are some actions to recognize or promote:
- saying please and thank you during interactions
- walking around someone’s toys rather than stepping on them
- responding kindly rather than with sarcasm
- being quiet in the house when someone is sleeping
- asking to play with or use something that belongs to someone else
You can also identify the actions that don’t align with that affirmation and choose to act differently.
Once you and other family members become more conscious respectful actions in your lives, the affirmation becomes true. This can go a long way to helping you believe them as well as build stronger relationships with each other.
Here are 75+ affirmations that you can use as a family to help foster love, connection, and resilience. Pick the ones that work best for you or alter the statements to fit your life.
- I love my family and my family loves me.
- I love my ______.
- I am thankful for my family.
- I am thankful for time with ______.
- I appreciate each person in my family.
- My family understands me.
- My family supports me.
- We celebrate each other’s happiness and successes.
- We trust each other.
- My family deserves to be happy.
- I am grateful for each person’s place in our family.
- We recognize that each of us is unique.
- My differences are celebrated.
- We try to be the best version of ourselves every day.
- We respect each other’s personal space.
- We are proud of each other.
- We are excited about our future as a family.
- Good things happen to my family.
- Each member of my family brings different strengths, so we are stronger together.
- Our home is peaceful and safe.
- I listen to everyone in my family so everyone feels heard.
- Each person in my family deserves respect.
- Each person in my family deserves kindness.
- Each of us is a positive influence on our family.
- I am the best (son, daughter, mother, etc.) for our family.
- I have a place in my family.
- I am comfortable to be myself with my family.
- I am safe to be myself in my family.
- Our family is blessed.
- Our family is rich with love.
- My family gives me unconditional love.
- My family brings me joy.
- My family is a source of love, support, and strength.
- We are a strong and loving family.
- We communicate openly and honestly with each other.
- We forgive and let go of grudges.
- We support and encourage each other’s growth and dreams.
- We praise each other every day.
- We give grace to each other.
- We create a warm and loving home environment.
- We make loving memories together as a family.
- We practice gratitude and appreciation for all that we have.
- We handle conflicts and challenges with compassion and understanding.
- We respect each other even when we disagree.
- We can rely on each other in hard times.
- We listen to each other to understand each other.
- We are proud of our unique family traditions and values.
- We show kindness and compassion towards each other.
- We use only kind words when speaking to each other.
- We express our love and affection towards each other.
- We make time for each other and prioritize our family relationships.
- We learn and grow from our mistakes and challenges.
- We are a team and work together towards common goals.
- We appreciate and celebrate our differences.
- We trust and respect each other’s decisions and boundaries.
- We create a positive and supportive family culture.
- We practice patience and understanding with each other.
- We share our joys, triumphs, and successes with each other.
- We support each other through difficult times and challenges.
- We are grateful for the love and support that we have for each other.
- My family is the most important thing in my life. I cherish every moment with them.
- No matter what is happening in the world, my family is my safe space.
- I am a loving parent who provides for my child’s needs.
- I trust in my abilities as a parent. I ask for help when I need it.
- I focus on the positive aspects of my parenting and let go of any guilt.
- I try my best to be understanding with my children.
- I cherish my role as my child’s most important teacher.
- I create a positive environment for my children to grow.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to be a parent and cherish every moment with my children.
- I am a positive role model for my children.
- I am patient with my family even in difficult situations.
- I am attuned to my family’s needs and meet them the best I can.
- I take care of my family the best that I can.
- I set a good example of the behavior I want to see in my children.
- I model healthy relationships for my family.
- My children love me even during difficult moments.
- I provide a safe environment for my children to always come to me.
- I am learning and growing with my children.
- I am the best parent for my children.
How to incorporate affirmations into your life
Here are several ways to incorporate affirmations into your life.
1) Increase awareness of your thoughts
As mentioned above, you may want to increase awareness of the thoughts you currently have. You may become more aware that you have negative thoughts such as that you’re not doing enough for your children or that your family is lazy because they don’t help clean up around the house.
It may take time to identify thoughts that you want to replace. This may be particularly helpful for parents and older children. Little ones may need support to identify a thought or feeling in words or can simply move on to practicing the positive affirmations.
2) Practice, practice, practice!
Practice your new affirmations in your daily life. You may not believe these affirmations right away. It may take hundreds of repetitions and interactions with them to eventually believe them, but you’ll believe them and act more consistently them over time. Keep these positive thoughts at the forefront of your thoughts:
- Write them down: Write your chosen affirmations on index cards or sticky notes and place them in areas where you will see them regularly, such as on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, or at your table.
- Speak them out loud: Say your affirmations out loud to yourself or to your family members. This can be done individually or as a group. Say them to yourself in front of a mirror.
- Incorporate them into your daily routine: Set aside a specific time each day to recite affirmations, such as when you wake up in the morning or before bed.
- Create a family affirmation jar: Collect positive affirmations from each family member and place them in a jar. Take turns reading them aloud during family time or special occasions.
- Use visualization: Close your eyes and visualize yourself with the affirmation in action. Imagine the positive feelings and emotions that come with this visualization. Repeat this visualization regularly.
Consistent repetition of affirmations is key to making them effective. The more often you and family members say them, the more they will become beliefs and reality.
Affirmations can be a powerful tool for strengthening the bonds of love and connection within your family. By repeating these affirmations daily, you can cultivate a positive and supportive environment that helps your family grow and thrive together.