Self love may be one of the most difficult tasks to achieve for humans. Often times we tell ourselves that we are not good enough. We put ourselves down, most of the time without even realizing it. We also tend to do this with little eyes watching us. It is crucial that our children see us celebrate who we are.
Why it matters so much!
Kids are like sponges, taking in everything around them. They listen to everything you say, watch everything you do, and even try to imitate you. You are helping form a little human. Who they become is a direct reflection of the things they learn in their young lives.
Sometimes its hard to remind ourselves that they are soaking everything up. You might be looking in the mirror saying, ” I hate the way my nose looks.” Even just that expression of dislike will stick with them. They may think about the fact that they have the same features. They may even begin to not like that part of themselves.
Teaching them to love themselves
As parents, we need to say and do things that praise who we are. When you look in the mirror try picking out a positive feature that you like about yourself. Like: “I really like how my hair looks today“, or “I love the way I did my makeup today“. This will give them a more positive outlook when it comes to themselves.
It is also important to praise who they are. Letting them know when you are proud of them. Telling them that they are beautiful. Just giving them a confidence boost whenever you can. This will instill not only good values, but great self-esteem.
Watching them grow-up
It’s hard watching your kids grow up. You don’t want to see them get hurt, or fail. But no matter what you do these things will happen. Teaching them self love will be a great foundation to how they handle the trials in their future. It will also give them the strength to build a successful, happy life.