Teach Your Children They are Worthy
In a world that is constantly telling children they are not enough, it is more important than ever to instill in them a sense of worthiness. Whether it be through the media, school, or even peers, children are faced with messages that tell them they need to be thinner, faster, stronger, smarter, and more successful in order to be valued. Negative self-talk can quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading children down a path of low self-esteem and
One of the best things you can do as a parent is teach your children they are valued. This doesn’t mean you have to tell them they are the best at everything they do—in fact, it’s important to point out their flaws and shortcomings as well. What it does mean is that you should make an effort to listen to them, really hear what they are saying, and let them know that their thoughts and opinions matter. Just as importantly, avoid making comments that tear them down or make them feel less than worthy.
While you don’t want to put pressure on your child to be perfect, you should encourage them to be their best selves. Help them set realistic goals and then give them the tools and resources they need to reach those goals. Encourage healthy habits such as eating right and exercising regularly. And most importantly, praise their efforts—even when they don’t succeed. It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about doing your best and learning from your mistakes.
Children who feel good about themselves are more likely to treat others with kindness and compassion. Teach your children about the importance of helping others, whether it be through volunteering, donating money or goods to those in need, or simply treating everyone with respect—even if they don’t deserve it. The more compassionate your children are towards others, the more likely they will be to have fulfilling relationships throughout their lives.
The world can be a harsh place for children—especially when it comes to messages about self-worth. It is therefore essential that we as parents take the time to instill in our children a sense of worthiness. By teaching them they are valued, encouraging them to be their best selves, and teaching them compassion for others, we can help our children develop into happy, healthy adults who love and accept themselves just as they are. We also have to remember that children watch what we do more than they listen to what we say. Make sure you show up in a way that allows them to be their best selves.