When I was a child I had a difficult time with self confidence. As the youngest of five children I constantly compared myself to my older siblings. When my brother started learning how to cut paper at age six I wanted to do the same thing but I was only four.
I thought I could run as fast as they did, ride a bike just like my bother and read and write just the same. When I tried these things I became frustrated and upset because I wasn’t able to do everything exactly like they did. My self confidence dropped like an anchor.
My mother tried her best to explain to me that I was wonderful and beautiful just the way I was. She said that I would soon be able to do everything that my older brother could do. These words were nice but they didn’t always work.
When I read the book, 365 Perfect Things to Say to Your Kids, by Maureen Healy it brought me back to those childhood days when I disliked myself so much. I wish that my mother had a book just like this. Healy cleverly put together 365 sayings that are meant to help boost your child‘s self confidence, improve character development, emotional awareness, and stimulate her imagination and creativity.
Having gone through cognitive therapy for depression as a teenager I know how important it is to think positively in order to boost your self confidence. Healy reinforces positive thinking for kids with her creative sayings. Saying number nine really struck a chord with me. She states,
“Believe in YOU Believe in your ability to DO anything your heart desires. You are a perfect child of God. Look at your FACE in the mirror and proclaim your Greatness! Sing, “I AM GREAT” three times! Oh, yeah.”
Children need to hear how wonderful and how loved they are. This helps them feel good about themselves. I know I was loved as a child although, “365 Perfect Things to Say to Your Kids,” would have helped me to develop into a stronger and more positive person.
Healy recommends that you share these sayings with your children every day. After reading through them I concluded that they are more appropriate for school aged children and up. Younger kids might not understand them fully. But you can rewrite them so that your little children can understand them better. If you are sharing this book with an older child have him look through the sayings and pick out the ones that stand out and have meaning for him. He can then write them down in a journal to reread later.
If you are looking for a book to help you build your child’s self esteem, confidence and personal development pick up “365 Perfect Things to Say to Your Kids.”
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