I do not have children, but this message is really for all of us whether we have children or not. How do the comments you make about others in front of children impact them? How do the comments you make about yourself in front of children impact them? Even facial expressions and gestures can have an effect on a child’s self esteem. Do you stand in the mirror at home or in the store in view of them, hesitating, frowning, tugging uncomfortably as we disapprove not of the FIT of the clothes but the BODY underneath? Are you quick to dump yourself into a vat a negative criticism… harsh, unkind negative criticism… when you make a mistake? They follow our examples whether we are their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, teachers, child care providers, doctors… If we are in a position to teach them with these gestures, we need to be more aware of how our own self-image impacts them as they mature. As Rebecca says, it is NOT a one time conversation we should be having with them. It should be a regular topic you focus on, and you should always be mindful of how what you do is affecting them emotionally.
Full of Self Esteem
Hello Beautiful Ladies, Gents Girls and Boys,
This post is for all of you. The photo above is when my daughter was younger, maybe 5 years old, she was full of confidence and knew she was beautiful, really, she would tell us this all the time and you had to pull her away from any mirror. Sadly, now that she is about to turn 10, things have changed.
I was watching a talk on www.ted.com, one of my favorites places to learn and educate myself, check it out. Today I watched a talk given by Meaghan Ramsey, it was about the self esteem and self image of our youth. It reminded us of when we were little and would kiss our reflection in the mirror. We loved how we looked, even with red cheeks, drool running down our face and chubby little legs. As we…
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