Every year, Grasshopper and Sensei‘s sleepover summer camp has a mother/daughter weekend where we set up our own tent and spend two days together. The idea is for me to shadow my daughter and participate in her life at camp; meeting her friends and their mothers, eating meals with her cabin, and participating in all her activities.
This summer, we sailed a sunfish sail boat, shot arrows for archery, developed photographs in a dark room, played a variation of volleyball, and cooked over a campfire … and that was just the first day!
This year the weather cooperated and we enjoyed beautiful sunny weather. The first thing I noticed when I went to my daughter’s cabin was a this sign that her cabin made to greet us.
Then I started to notice signs everywhere. It seems there is committee of camp counselors called Deeds of Love & Service who spread positive affirmations around the camp. I found them taped up on walls …
… and in the bathrooms!
These little notes of affirmation quietly sent a positive message to everyone who noticed. At first, I thought no one really took the time to read them but then other moms mentioned the signs. I think they have a way of quietly infiltrating the mind just like background music.
There was even one in all the bathroom stalls! And the signs really do get read! One of the other moms commented about the sign in the bathroom about not flushing down your dreams. I thought I was the only one reading the fine print!
My daughter’s camp has a cult-like atmosphere wherein the girls truly feel that this is place where they can be who they are and that they will be accepted for it. It’s such an important message for coming-of-age girls!
I don’t have signs in my house, but it got me thinking … positive affirmation signs are quietly so powerful so I searched for more affirmations for kids on Pinterest. (Click on image to link to pin.)
These are messages I would love to have around the house. What positive affirmation messages speak to you? Please share!
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