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Teach Kids to Accept and Love Themselves

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Teaching your children to accept and love themselves, to develop positive self-esteem, this is also important to children’s mental and physical good health.  This is the next installment in how to teach your kids to LIVE HEAL”T”HY.  Positive  reinforcement, positive self-esteem, positive responsibilities..all lead to a healthy mental state in your children.  A healthy mental state leads to a healthy physical state. 

Living in France I see how dearly important this actually is. 

From an almost “outsiders” point of view (I have lived outside the States for about 10 years)   I see how Americans are perceived as confident and strong!  Us Americans, we do grow up with that sense of pride, the sense of being American, being patriotic but also that feeling of being positive!  The feeling that making mistakes and changes are OK, in fact, sometimes even change is positive!  In France, people tend to be more critical, I’m not saying this in a negative way. This critical attitude starts from when children start school, there is more of a sense of analyzing situations and investigating on how people or a situation could be better improved. 

So, how do we convey the sense of positiveness?  I feel we can start by us, as parents, grandparents, teachers, feeling positive.  Encouraging our children, giving them responsibilities, letting them make mistakes, letting them know they are loved unconditionally…all these habits mold our children into mentally healthy adults.  These children will grow into preadolescent children and onto teenagers and adults..we need to instill in our children their sense of loving and accepting themselves early on in life. 

How do you do that for your kids?  I try by giving my children as much responsibilities as they can handle for their age and allowing them to make mistakes (knowing that making mistakes is a learning process).  Let me know your thoughts by commenting…

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  1. Teen Eating Disorders: One Mom's Approach To Keep Normal Eating The Norm | BrightonYourHealth - June 20, 2012

    […] The rising statistics on negative body image and distorted eating have some links to childrens’ self-esteem. As clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist Ann Kearney-Cooke, PhD, found through her collaboration with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, seven in 10 girls feel they do not measure up in some way and that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem report engaging in negative and potentially harmful activities, such as disordered eating, cutting, bullying, smoking or drinking. This is compared with 25 percent of girls with high self-esteem. A big reason to help kids look at themselves positively. […]

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