Seven dads. Seven daughters. Simple words. But they are everything.
Earlier this year, we told you about an amazing dad who stood in the mirror with his daughter Aaliyah and had her repeat positive affirmations about herself.
"Look at yourself, look in your eyes," he told his little girl. The words he encouraged her to speak were simple, yet beyond powerful:
I am strong.
I am smart.
I work hard.
I am beautiful.
I am respectful.
I'm not better than anyone.
Nobody's better than me.
I am amazing. I am great.
The video of this daddy-daughter duo has now inspired a Facebook page called The Scene to create another video, featuring seven dads and their daughters. The dads have created positive affirmations for the girls, and ask them to repeat their words. The result is—well, see for yourself how incredible it is.
"I believe in myself. I am strong," one daddy asks his little girl to repeat about herself.
"I can achieve anything with hard work," another father encourages his daughter to say.
"I have wings to fly. I see no limits," may be my favorite affirmation from the video, which has garnered 3.2 million views at the time of writing.
I also love this one: "I am little, but I am a force."
Another powerful affirmation that I think more parents should have their kids repeat is, "I am loved and I love others."
Mantras are a huge part of my life. I repeat them often, to help me get in the right head space to cope with problems, gain confidence, and inspire myself to approach a variety of situations with a positive attitude. But, I'll admit introducing mantras to my three daughters never occurred to me. Blushing. Maybe it's time I did so.
Thanks to this video, both I and millions of other parents have been gifted with the important reminder that words have power. By arming our kids with positive words about themselves, we are sending them out into the world with tools that will help them make good decisions, feel supported, and believe in themselves. And that is pretty much everything.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.