Celebrate your Child’s Uniqueness

 

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Just like a snowflake or a fingerprint, every child is unique in their own special way. Every child has a unique way of feeling, thinking, and interacting with others. Some children are shy, while others are outgoing; some are active, while others are calm; some are fretful, while others are easy-going. As a loving and nurturing parent, it’s your job to encourage them to embrace their uniqueness and celebrate their individual qualities.

One of the things that I have always admired about my daughter is how different she is from me.  I love to foster her interests and talents because they are what make her distinctly her own person.

Allow your child to express themselves through their interests.  They may find a creative outlet in theatre, dancing or art, or they may be exceptionally talented in the sciences.  Encourage them to embrace what they like to do, what interests them, and what makes them happy.  Help them realize that they don’t need to worry about being ‘like everyone else.’

Suhaila has her own sense of style that is a little funky, fun, & something she takes pride in.  Even at the age of 8 she has her own style and she is not afraid to show it.  The care she takes to arrange her outfits and hair just so, gives her a feeling of her own self worth.

Teach your child to make positive choices, and praise them for good deeds, behaviors and positive traits they possess.  Encourage them to become actively involved in their community, and introduce them to activities that promote a sense of cooperation and accomplishment.  Be firm yet fair when handing down discipline for misdeeds or misbehaviors, and make certain the rules and consequences for breaking the rules are clearly defined.

Everything I do with Suhaila is to reinforce the importance of making choices that will lead to the outcome she desires.  I reiterate often to her that everything comes down to the choices that you make and you have the power to direct your thinking.

Accept and celebrate your child’s uniqueness. Remember that your child is an individual. Allow your child to have his or her own personal preferences and feelings, which may be different from your own.  Like mine, but that is what I respect about her.  That she is confident in herself, and isn’t afraid to express her own style.

And finally, encourage your child to be true to themselves by doing the same.  Show your child how to make positive choices with the choices you make, and that nobody is perfect and you too make mistakes.  Show your child that mistakes can be a great learning experience, and that they should not be ashamed or embarrassed about making them.  .

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