Every month we would like to plug you, parents, into the best in parenting. This month, we want to introduce you to dynamic children's books that inspire and motivate children all around the world. Three authors are making a big splash in the field of parenting. We will introduce you to these excellent authors throughout the next three days and explain how their books can help you raise a little genius.
We want to introduce you to Holland Jordan, the author of "Magnificent Mocha Monty," a book that teaches children to "Love the skin you're in." Her books teach children to love themselves, no matter what. Let's discuss why children must learn to love the skin they are in.
It’s human nature to want to be liked and accepted by others. Children are susceptible to how others perceive them. When children feel insecure about their appearance or different from other kids, it can lead them to develop low self-esteem or depression. Fortunately, parents and educators can help young people develop a healthy attitude toward themselves with the proper guidance and encouragement. Self-acceptance of one’s skin tone, size, hair color, eye shape, or any other characteristic is integral to becoming a healthy adult. Here are some tips on helping your child love the skin they are in:
Talk to your kids about body image.
Children are sponges for all the messages and influences around them, and parents are the first and most important influence. Talking to your child about how he feels about his body and what he likes or dislikes about it can help him become more accepting and positive about himself. Parents can open discussions about the messages society sends about beauty and bodies. You can ask your child questions like, “What do you think makes a person beautiful?” Or, “What makes you feel good about your body?” Healthy discussions about body image and self-esteem can help kids have a positive self-image and build self-confidence.
Help your child see that differences make us unique, memorable, and enjoyable. There is no one ideal body type. Next time you’re at the beach or park, point out children of different races and body types. Ask your child what he likes about each person’s look. Visit a museum, like one that features Native American art and culture, or attend a festival that celebrates diversity. Take your child to a children’s play where the actors are of different races and sizes. Please help your child see how different people, even people he does not know, can be exciting, unique, and memorable.
Help them find activities they love.
Children who do activities they love are better able to build self-esteem. If your child loves playing football, basketball, or any other sport or activity, encourage him to keep participating. Experiences like winning a game or achieving a personal best help boost self-esteem, self-confidence, and a positive body image. If your child is into art or reading, help him find ways to continue. If he loves to dance or sing, encourage him to pursue his passion even if others may not appreciate his skill.
Help them build confidence.
Confidence can come from many sources, including experience, knowledge, and skill. Please help your child build his confidence by encouraging him to try new things and not to be afraid to fail or make mistakes. When your child is learning something new, like playing a sport or a musical instrument, he feels optimistic about himself and his ability to do that new thing. When your child has tried different activities, is knowledgeable about many subjects, and has built up a set of skills, he will have confidence in who he is and what he can do. Please help your child find activities he’s interested in and encourage him to try new things whenever possible.
Everyone goes through some stage in life when they struggle with self-esteem and self-confidence. Children and teens are particularly susceptible. Fortunately, parents and educators can help young people build a positive self-image with the proper guidance and encouragement. If you are a parent who would like to teach their child to love themselves, you have to check out Magnificent Mocha Monty!