As parents, we all want to encourage our children to love themselves for who they truly are. Children with high self-esteem have an easier time viewing the world with confidence, optimism and a greater expectation of succeeding.
One of the most important opinions children can have is their opinion of themselves, and we as parents can help to facilitate that.
WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO BE THEMSELVES
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MODEL SELF LOVE
As with many different situations, leading by example makes a huge difference. Our children need to see us loving ourselves for who we are before they can do the same. If we can be aware of how we speak to ourselves, it is easier to ensure that we instill the voice of love within our children.
LET THEM BE THEMSELVES
As much as this seems like an obvious statement, sometimes we prevent our children from fully being themselves without even knowing it.
The best way to encourage our children to value and love themselves is to allow them the space and freedom they need to discover who that really is. If we as parents can see that they have an in-depth interest in something, we can help to encourage that in a positive way.
LISTEN TO THEM
Allow your children to vocalize their feelings, their wants, their needs and their desires.
If your children come to you with a problem, don’t solve it for them. Listen. Encourage them to come up with their own suggestions in regard to how the problem can be solved but listening as they bounce ideas off you.
If you let your children use their own intuition and wisdom to get through a conflict, this will give them more confidence in who they are as an individual.
USE KIND WORDS
Being a parent can be frustrating sometimes and sometimes anger can get away from you. Be very mindful of the things you are saying to your children.
If you are constantly reprimanding them and making them feel as though there is something wrong with them, that will come to be their internal dialogue.
It is incredibly important that we speak to our children as a calm parent and the way we would want them to speak to themselves.
It is important that we give our children the chance to be themselves and learn to be comfortable in their own skin. Encouraging your children to see themselves in a positive light will give them more confidence in themselves and their choices, but also lay the foundation for a very positive and happy life.
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