So much is said today on the subject of self-confidence. We're told to be ourselves, love ourselves, or just fake it.
Mr. Rogers says "knowing we can be loved exactly as we are gives all the opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people."
It's true. Some of the most painful moments in my life have been when I've felt left out or excluded because I didn't fit in. Growing up I was shy and artsy, and we all know how difficult middle school can be:)
That's why it's my mission to help kids feel loved and valued for who they are by painting their portrait that truly captures their personality.
Kids today might have in harder than ever before. Social media creates false perceptions that can seriously diminish a young person's sense of self-worth. It also creates an environment where people can be incredibly mean without consequences.
Children need to be reminded who they are and what's true about themselves.
And yes, part of loving yourself comes with age and maturity. We become more confident in who we are and more accepting of ourselves as we get older. Not everyone will love us or take the time to know us, but if you love yourself others will too.
We all know the value of self-confidence, but how do you instill it at a young age when it matters most?
For me, one the best things my parents did was teach me responsibility. From a young age I had household chores and when I got a car I worked after school. At the time it seemed a lot to handle, but I realize now it taught me to be independent and learn what I was capable of.
I want to know, if you're a parent, how do you instill confidence in your child? How do you let them know they're loved for who they are?
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