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Encouraging Kids To Love Themselves Part Of Parental Duties

Parents should encourage their children to express the reasons why they love themselves, says Dr. Cecelia Davidson of the Mount Vernon school district.
Parents should encourage their children to express the reasons why they love themselves, says Dr. Cecelia Davidson of the Mount Vernon school district. Photo Credit: themindunleashed.org

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Telling your children that you love them is the easy part of parenting; encouraging them to love themselves? … well, that’s another story, says Dr. Cecelia Davidson of the Mount Vernon school district.

Davidson, in a post on the district’s “Speaking Out” blog, advises parents to ask each of their children what they love about himself or herself.

Write down each thing they say without judgment, Davidson said, and “hopefully, you will have statements such as: 'I love the way I sing when I’m happy.' ' I love the way I use nice words.' 'I love that I know how to share with my friends.'

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