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To the Month of Love!


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Hello Everyone, and welcome back to Bellivision House.

At the beginning of every month, we’re going to share our main topic that will be our central focus for the entire month. We will have an activity of the month and related content to our focus idea. Yay!


Since the month of February is the month of love, why not start with our focus topic…..

Da-ta-tada! SELF-LOVE!


Practicing self-love is an extremely important skill that will help instill confidence in children.


So what is self-love?

We might all have our own definition of what self-love looks like. The broad definition for the Oxford dictionary states self-love is the “regard for one's own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic)”.


Ok so what about the kid version? How can we break it down so young children can understand the concept?

Self-love or self-esteem is when you feel good about yourself.


In the “12 Tips to Raise Confident Children” by Child Mind Institute (https://childmind.org/article/12-tips-raising-confident-kids/ ), one of the wise tips is to PRAISE PERSEVERANCE. Everybody makes mistakes and we are still smart, strong, and worthy even though we make mistakes. Children should feel confident not to give up.


What I do with my daughters that I found helpful in building confidence is praising their work ethic versus the end result. I don’t want them to think that they should only be proud of themselves if they succeed. When we celebrate their effort and praise their perseverance we’re teaching them skills that will benefit them throughout their life.


Remember children learn what they live, and live what they learn. Parents and caregivers are their first teachers who lead by example whatever that example may be. When we are kind to ourselves, we are teaching our children to also be kind to themselves.


So let’s practice what we preach!

The activity of the month is the Jelly Bean Challenge.

Every day write a positive word or words about yourself. It can be anything you want as long as it’s positive and all about your self-love.

Put your jellybean in the jar. By the end of the month, you will have a jar full of sweet self-love notes to yourself to read and re-read when you need a little something sweet.

This activity opens communication and reflection about self-love for our children and ourselves.


To access your free Jelly Bean challenge, click the link below.

https://www.bellivisionhouse.org/general-6



 







 


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