“There is a deep longing in the heart of every child to “make a difference”. They were hard-wired by God to want to do more… They weren’t born to be common denominators or mere faces in the crowd… God didn’t create us to ignore our potential or abandon our dreams. He meant for us to be free so that we could pursue our potential with abandon… Just as God has given us a chance to send our children into the future with a secure love, He has also given us the opportunity to send our children into the future with a significant purpose… He meant these purposes to be developed and realized. Although many people can contribute to this process, it is the child’s parents that carry the greatest potential for influence.“
— from Grace Based Parenting, by Dr. Tim Kimmel
Children need to know how special they are. We are all miracles. Think about how amazing that is. I love trying to help my children understand this — it’s nearly impossible to grasp. Each one of us unique and special in our own ways. Each with a special purpose. Each made in God’s image. The creation of each and every one of us a miracle in itself. Each of us made with similarities, but individually unique. It’s something to think about and appreciate. Such a beautiful part of our life.
Needless to say, it is so important that children believe in themselves and have the self-confidence to bravely take on new challenges and try new things.
As parents, we can help them so much by creating opportunities for them to achieve goals, by helping them learn new skills, by making sure that they know their contributions are valued, and by showing healthy encouragement and praise for making great efforts towards a goal.
Our children need to know how amazing they are and embrace the things that make them unique in order to find how their self-awareness is so powerful in growing into a strong and confident person.
Each unique and wonderfully made, let them know that if they believe in themselves they can achieve anything they dream.
Open your child’s eyes to all of the beauty that surrounds them.
We all have the ability to see beauty everywhere, we just have to be present in the moment, open our hearts, and look at things with a positive perspective. Life is full of obvious beauty — a kind gesture, a child’s laughter, a lovely sunset… but if you also teach your children to search for beauty in hard to find places, like the everyday ordinary things, or the goodness that can come out of bad, or the things we take for granted like breathing and being alive in this moment, it can help them develop an attitude of optimism that can forever change the way they live and think.