We all know the importance of self-love and the powerful effect it can have on us. Some self-love journeys can take time but eventually achieving a high level of self-love is so important. Not just for us, but for our children as well. As we all want to be the best kind of role models for our children, there’s no better way for children to learn to love themselves than by seeing it from their very own role models, aka you. Here are some ways to teach your children the practices of self-love and have them grow up to be confident, loving individuals.
Practice Affirmations with Them
We all need to remind ourselves of our self-worth from time to time. There are many studies that have confirmed that the practice of self-love affirmations can help improve both your confidence and self-esteem. The next time you practice affirmations, have your children involved. Run through your favorite affirmations and have your children repeat them with or after you. Doing so will help raise your children’s self-confidence and possibly encourage them to repeat affirmations on their own as well.
Have Them Embrace Their Unique Styles
We all remember the feeling of being a child and being somewhat exploratory with our fashion sense. As our kids get older, they’ll only be more curious about the styles they like. While some of them may be a fashion no-no in our eyes, it’s only helpful to encourage our kids to embrace the styles that they feel most comfortable in. Showing that we encourage and support them no matter what is the perfect way to let our kids know that we’re comfortable with who they are, no matter what their kind of style may be. This isn’t only related to wardrobe but with hair as well. As every child often wants to play with their hair color, if your child feels the same, encourage them to try a semi-permanent hair color option. Using a semi-permanent hair dye will let your kids explore different kinds of hair colors while also not permanently damaging their hair.
Encourage Them to Be Themselves
As your children get older, you’ll find that they’ll each develop more of their personalities and what their hobbies and interests are. Whether they’re highly interested in chess, being on the football team or they want to paint more, our job as parents is to support them and encourage whatever endeavors they want to venture out on. Knowing that they have our full support will mean a lot to them and help them embrace who they really are.
Encourage Them to Give to Others
Nothing helps to make someone feel good about themselves like giving back to the community. In a time where helping the earth and the community is more important than ever, encourage your children to do the same and help a local cause. Depending on what they’re passionate about, there are thousands of charities that your children can help give time too. If your children are fashionista’s, encourage them to thrift by shopping at their local salvation army or by visiting an online thrift shop. If your children are passionate about animals, have them volunteer at a local pet shelter or even consider adopting a rescue animal for the whole family! What’s most important is to lead by example. If your children see you taking the time to help the world, they’ll feel encouraged to do the same. A great way to fit in some bonding time is to find a charity that both of you are passionate about and volunteer together. Whether it’s donating old clothes, giving money to eco-friendly charities or giving food to a local shelter, encouraging your kids to give back will help to make them feel confident and worthy of self-love.