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…