3 Simple Ways to Teach Kids About Self Love

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1) Share Feelings Together 
End your day by sharing feelings together. Children are not always able to identify their feelings until they get to say them out loud or express them in some way.  Ask them how their day was and they will give you clues as to how they are feeling. For example, if they are sad because someone at school was mean to them, you can ask how it made them feel and name some feelings to see if they identify with them. You can also share your feelings with your child which helps create a safe space for them to share their feelings too.  Children learn by listening, observation and modeling, so sharing when you have had a bad day, are feeling sad or tired can help kids open up AND creates connection between the two of you.

2) Acknowledge Your Child’s Strengths
Self Esteem is about recognizing your gifts and what makes you special.  Take the time to tell your children what you love about them. For example: “I love it when you make up stories, songs or dance moves, you have such a great imagination!” or “I love watching you enjoy your coloring or playing with play-do!” Appreciate their creativity, their kindness and their natural abilities so they too can learn to appreciate it in themselves. This is different from appreciating when your child does something that pleases you, such as making heir bed or putting their toys away.  True self esteem comes from BEING, from our inherent nature and abilities rather than from DOING.

3) Encourage Your Child to Try New Things
Support your child in exploring new interests and taking on challenges!  We learn to be resilient by trying new things, even if we can’t do them at first.  That is why yoga is such a great practice for developing confidence because some of the poses ARE challenging at first and require patience and practice over time. If they can’t balance in TREE POSE at first, they try again and again until they are a little less wobbly and finally one day can stand tall and proud.  There is no better accomplishment for a child to try a new activity and learn to master it on his/her own!