Kentucky Woman Shares Important Rule to Live By to Help Your Kids Learn to Love Themselves
Do you love yourself? Are you positive when you talk to yourself or about yourself to others? If you don't love yourself, I mean truly love who you are inside and out, you could be passing your negative feelings bout yourself on to your kids without even realizing it.
I'm not referring to your kids looking at you in a negative way, they love you no matter what you look like how much you weigh, or even how badly you behave. I'm talking bout how they view themselves.
If you are always talking bad about yourself, you are inadvertently teaching them that this is the way you are supposed to treat yourself. Critical, harsh, unforgiving, unloving, and negative.
How you treat yourself is how they will treat their self. So please think about that the next time you talk or treat yourself badly. Little ears are listening and little eyes ate watching.
Kentucky mom shares rule to help kids learn to love themselves
Mary Duke, originally from Owensboro, is now a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and owner of My Sunshine Birth Services in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She's also a pretty amazing mom. Mary posted, on her Facebook page, a rule to live by that will help to teach your kids that they don't have to be perfect to be loved.
Here is her Facebook post,
I have a rule that I’ve never told my children. If one of them ever asks me to take a picture I will always say yes, no matter how I look or feel. When they show me this picture I always say, “I love me!” Or “I’m so pretty!”. I don’t talk negatively about my looks around my kids. Even with 30lbs of pregnancy & breastfeeding weight, I will not speak negatively about my body to my kids. Choosing to not avoid a camera, mirror or the spotlight is an extension of this.After 6 years of being kind to myself for the sake of my children, I’ve learned the secret. It becomes less of an act and your reality. You eventually believe the words you speak to yourself.
The above photo was taken by her child. Me, along with the world, but most importantly Mary, think the photo is beautiful and the message behind it, is so powerful.
Mary Duke's Facebook post has been viewed over 22 million times. Obviously, the world needed Mary's message and her positive, loving, and insightful spirit.
Short film teaches kids to love themselves
I found a great short, animated film to help teach kids to love themselves for their uniqueness, all that they are, and all that they can do. Your kids should watch the video. It's another perfect way to help your kids see themselves in a positive way.