I told one of my friends about this and it cracked her up. Since my son was a baby, I have been brainwashing him and I think it’s working.
At night while he is sleeping, I whisper positive affirmations into his ear. I tell him how much I love him, I tell him how wonderful he is, I tell him how proud of him I am and I even tell him that he is the best ever. Why, you might ask? Because those are the thoughts I want guiding him in his self conscious. I don’t want him to be filled with self doubt and wonder about his place in the world. Kids and young men have a tough time in this world because they feel like no one understands them and they don’t understand their value in this world. This is my attempt at minimizing, not eliminating, but trying to reduce that anxiety and give him the wings to soar.
For a while I wasn’t sure if this was working but it was making me feel good as a mother to have a chance to express my feelings to a busy little boy. One day, I was taking a nap and was awaken by a hand on my cheek. I didn’t immediately open my eyes because I also heard a little voice whispering in my ear. It was my son. He was stroking my cheek and telling me how proud of me he was and how much he loved me.
I encourage every parent to try this technique. Children are so busy and their minds are so active while they are awake. During their busy little days, they are moving from one activity/thought to another at lightning speed. They are trying to figure the world out and seeking their place in our society. These moments of rest are the ideal opportunities to start them on the path of positive affirmations. As they get older, those positive thoughts will continue to resonate in the back of their mind and serve as their wings of confidence.