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Affirmations For My Son Inspired by the “I Am Every Good Thing” Book

Thank you Penguin Books for sponsoring this post about affirmations for my son inspired by ‘I Am Every Good Thing‘.

“I Am Every Good Thing” 

“I am a roaring flame of creativity” 

“I am good to the core, like the center of a cinnamon roll.

Yeah that good.”


And that’s just a little bit of I Am Every Good Thing. Do your children say daily affirmations? In our house we practice gratitude, self-love and joy and we speak over ourselves with positivity. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James is an ode to black boy joy, affirmation and love. Our shelves are filled with books that celebrate who we are and the things that we love. There is no better way to encourage a child to read than by having books with characters that look like them. With so many books on the market, I make it a point to share books that are filled with black children being children enjoying life just as any other child does. 

I Am Every Good Thing children's book.

My EJ enjoys the rough and tumble of each day, he enjoys the quiet of painting time, the digging in the dirt, combing his mom’s hair (it hurts but I’ll allow it) and cracking eggs.

His latest joy is all about fishing. Dad went fishing with his friends and now he’s teaching our little guy how to fish too.

And all of that matters probably more than it ever has. Why? Because the world all around us continues to struggle with recognizing the beauty and joy in black boys and girls and men and women. It continues to fail to see the love we pour into our children. It continues to exist in such a way that parents that look like me have to give our children “the talk” and no not the one about the birds and the bees. But I refuse to give my five year old “the talk” because he is five.

As far as I’m concerned he deserves better than the talk at this age. At any age to be honest but I know that time will come. But not now. We choose to celebrate his joy, his endless talking and curiosity, his laugh, his aha moments. We choose to celebrate him. And I want you to celebrate him too. 

I AM Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

Affirmations For My Son

  • I Am Happy 
  • I Am Brave
  • I Am Smart
  • I Have Fun
  • I Matter
  • I’m The Best I Can Be
  • I Am Love and I Am Loved
  • I Am Me

EJ says one, a few or all of these every day. Sometimes I add other affirmations but for the most part he takes the lead and these are the one says the most often.

I Am Every Good Things is a celebration of  Black Boy Joy. Just a bit enjoying things like swimming, exploring and DJing. A slam dunk assisted by his dad. Paper airplanes and confidence in his name. You know, a boy enjoying life as it should be. This is the perfect book filled with lines you can use to start your own affirmation practice with your sons (and daughters) at home. 

“I am that smile forming on your face right now”

This is a celebration for us by us but you know what else it is? It’s a book that deserves to be on every shelf of every child no matter their background. It’s a book that normalizes black children particularly boys which is important for other children to see because one day those children will be the adults in the room and so will mine. A room of change makers can only be built if we the adults are the catalyst of that change right now. 

I AM Every Good Thing Children's book is a must read for young black boys and all children.

Add I Am Every Good Thing to your bookshelf and keep going from there adding books like Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut also by Barnes and James and more books that reflect children from around the world just being children.


What affirmations do kids say? 

Five readers will win their own copy of I Am Every Good Thing via my sweepstakes giveaway with Penguin Kids.

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  • Reply
    October 20, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    Hi MJ,

    Such a beautifully written story. Your son is lucky to have you for a Mama. Your point about building change makers is brilliant. Well done. This book sounds like something even we adults need to read every day.

    • Reply
      M J
      October 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM

      Thank you so much Sue. I agree, this book is one all adults should read too.

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