One Simple Tip to Help Children Be Themselves

Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already TakenBe yourself.  Easier said than done right?  I often tell my children to make sure they stay true to themselves, their beliefs and a moral code.  In summary, be yourself.

Every single child is so very unique and it is our job as parents, grandparents, teachers, volunteers, ministers, priests or whoever interacts with children to help them to discover their individual talents.

One simple tip to help children be themselves is to occasionally discuss one on one with them what qualities they each have that make them so special.  For example, focus on three traits, be specific and honest such as:
1.  You are an impressive artist.  The picture you created today was beautiful.
2.  You are a good leader.  Today when we needed the yard cleaned up, you set a great example by helping without being reminded.
3.  You are a talented basketball player.  The three point shot you made was awesome today.

The most important thing is to be honest.  Don’t overpraise. Give it a try.  I know sometimes I enjoy it more than the children.  It reminds me how unique each one of my children are!

So for today – Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken (compliments of Oscar Wilde).

Need more motivation?  Check out the whole collection of Motivational Posters and Cards. Try tossing a different card in your child’s lunch box to motivate him/her during the school day.