A friend gifted us with a set of beautiful affirmation cards called PeaceMakers made by the company Generation Mindful. I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and intentionality of the cards, and the work that Generation Mindful is doing, that I became an affiliate for them! Check out their offerings.
Why use affirmation cards?
Affirmations are such a powerful way to connect and affirm kids. It is so good for their minds and spirits to hear their parent say edifying and true things about who they are as human beings! Affirmations also build emotional intelligence and give kids (and adults) language for emotions, feelings, and experiences.
Using affirmations with your kids also sets the groundwork for a family value of encouraging, complimenting, and being emotionally available with each other. It can feel uncomfortable to talk about feelings, but using cards can take the seriousness out of the work and turn it into play.
How to use the deck:
PeaceMakers help children and adults connect and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings in daily, playful ways. Every card in the deck has an affirming message designed to nurture social and emotional skills, self-love, a growth mindset, confidence, and more in as little as five minutes a day.– GenerationMindful.com
The PeaceMakers box set comes with 42 cards. There are seven themes to the cards, each with their own color, symbol, and animal: Power, Joy, Balance, Love, Peace, Intuition, and Forgiveness.
The deck includes ways to play and use the cards, but our favorite is to pull out the deck at the end of dinner and everyone picks 1-2 cards. The girls practice their reading as they read the card, and then I read it to them as well. Sometimes we’ll have conversation about what the card means to them. It’s very sweet and they ask to do it often.
Some game ideas are:
- Share stories: “look for the qualities your card represents to show up in your day. Share stories from your life as they relate to the card.”
- See each other: “Pull a card and say ‘I see you’, describing each person’s strengths as they relate to the card they selected”
There are seven game suggestions in the deck but the possibilities are endless.
If you are new to affirmations or would like to expand your affirmation practice, I highly recommend that you purchase a set of PeaceMakers for your family. This practice truly benefits the entire family.
Visit Generation Mindful to order the PeaceMakers set, and while you’re there, check out the Time-In Toolkit and if you’re wanting to dive deep into mindfulness and parenting, they have a $129 online, self-paced course for you called Positive Parenting.