Up until a decade ago (or possibly event less) I fee like there was a huge amount of pressure to conform. People were afraid to be different. People didn’t want to stand out and we all just wanted to be the same. Or maybe not? Anyway, that’s sort of how I remember feeling as a child. I didn’t want to be singled out for anything and being unique was not something I or my peers particularly aspired too. But may that has changed? We need to celebrate our child’s uniqueness. There is nothing wrong with being different. There are many different ways to celebrate it. Whether it is hiring a balloon company Dallas to create a beautiful flower wall in you home or something more low key like taking your child out for a hot chocolate, whatever you choose to do, letting your child know that they don’t need to conform to the ‘standard’ is always worthwhile.
Sacred like a snowflake…
Just like a snowflake or a fingerprint, every child, in fact every human, 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.
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.’ If they happen to like chores, then encourage that! If they want to collect tiny sticks then embrace that too. They don’t need to conform to anything!
How to make positive choices…
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. Show a cooperative, loving and united front with your spouse when it comes to discipline.
Your child is an individual and we need to be proud of that!
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.
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. .