During this holiday season, it’s appropriate to note that a parent’s love is the foundation of a child’s self-esteem.And though you might feel it’s already understood, sometimes it’s important to say it out loud.
A child simply can’t hear those words too often, but they are especially important before a child leaves for school and before bed at night.There are almost infinite variations on ways to say you care. Here are some common forms the message can take:
“You’re important to me.”
“You brighten my day.”
“You mean the world to me.”
“You’re really great.”
“You did that well.”
“What a good job you did.”
“You made my day.”
“You worked hard. I’m proud of you.”
“That was spectacular. You really make me proud.”
“I think you are the greatest.”
A big hug counts, too. In fact, sometimes it’s a good idea just to think up new ways to say and show you care.
If a child has a strong sense of self-worth, that’s more than half the battle for facing anything that can arise.
That strength is important both inside and outside the classroom.