Would You Still Love Me If…
- Promotes self-esteem and self-confidence in children.
- Helps parents and children to not “sweat the small stuff.”
- Strengthens the unconditional love between a parent and a child.
- Instills a belief in children that all things are possible when you try.
Are learned at a very young age, it is important that children grow up in an environment that promotes a sense of self-worth. To the extent that children develop a healthy sense of self-worth while they are growing up, this will directly contribute to a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence in their adult life.
This book mirrors LaGuardia’s philosophy… tell your children often, how much you love them, how special they are, and that all things are possible.
Would You Still Love Me If... teaches children how to handle ‘Plan B.’ It shows children how to be adaptable and go with the flow when the unexpected happens. The more adaptable people are, the greater chance they will have at success because success won’t be defined in only one way. Children who learn adaptability will see endless possibilities as they enter adulthood – a ‘glass half full’ [positive] mentality. They will see challenges as opportunities instead of roadblocks because they have the self-confidence to overcome those challenges.
PEARLS OF SELF ESTEEM
raise and be proud of your child. Praise your child for their effort, in addition to their accomplishments. In this way, you will praise them whether they succeed or fail. Praise your child for who they are and not only for what they do. Show your child you are proud of them by speaking to others about their efforts and who they are, as a person.
ncourage your child. Encourage your child to try new things and that the joy, fun, and sense of accomplishment will be in the experience and not whether they succeed or fail. Cheer them on. Be their biggest fan. Explain to them that they have tremendous potential and capabilities.
ppreciate and reward your child. Say “thank you” to your child. This recognizes their efforts, their value, and shows your gratefulness toward them. Give them a reward, when appropriate, such as an allowance, a gift, a favorite meal, etc. to show them what they did has real value.
espect. Show your child respect. Respect their opinions and values. This makes them feel important and accepted for who they are.
ove and like your child. When you show and tell your child how much you love them, it expresses how much you care about them and makes them feel valued and worthy. You can show your child how much you like them by spending time with them, sharing common interests and telling them how much you like their qualities and attributes, as a person. This shows them you like them for who they are. This makes them feel good about themselves.
upport your child. Show your child support by helping, guiding, and supporting them. This is especially important during those difficult times; times of failure, disappointment, or rejection. Explain to them that their greatness and value is not tied to whatever it is they are doing, trying to achieve, or what others think of them. No matter what the outcome will be, they will still be great!