This is a great self-care exercise for adults and children to focus on their strengths and not their weaknesses!

We all know that who we are as individuals includes both our strengths and our weaknesses. Too often, adults and children can more easily identify their weaknesses than their strengths and may need help refocusing on the positive. We can focus on our strengths and gain self-confidence by identifying positive qualities about our- selves and encouraging our children to notice when they really shine.

Write the words “I AM” in large block print allowing room to write in- side the letters. Then identify positive traits about yourself or help your children identify their strengths. Suggestions include words like creative, smart, athletic, outgoing, organized, funny, kind, good listen- er, helpful, silly, good decision maker, hard worker, etc. You can also draw pictures such as a rainbow, a beach, or any object of interest and write positive things on the picture. Use prompts like:

  • I feel good about myself when…
  • I am proud of myself because…
  • I am special because…
  • I am good at…
  • I am most happy when…
  • I am a good friend when…
  • I am kind when…