Self-celebration for kids isn’t limited to taking your kid to a party or buying them a hot pizza. There is nothing wrong if you choose to do these things or more to celebrate your wonderful kid(s). However, self-celebration for kids is what we do with and for them to make them cheerful every day. Self-celebration is delighting in oneself, and dispelling the gloom, even when we are uncomfortable with the little achievement made. It is learning to accept the part of you that you may be displeased with. Self-celebration is an act of gratitude for where you are and what you have achieved in your life.
Self-celebration is not arrogance, and for children, self-celebration emanates from self-love. There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating yourself for who you are.
Learning self-celebration from adults is vital because children seldom recognize or acknowledge what they did well today. This prevents them from praising themselves for notable achievements and reassuring themselves that they are adequate to take on any task.
Self-celebration for our children must be taught in schools and at home. We must do this so that kids do not miss out on the opportunity to be their own source of inspiration, to experience self-love, and to be in charge of their own happiness. In my “If You are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” Personal Development Workbook, kids are introduce to this topic and activities that can help them learn how to celebrate themselves and their big and small wins. You can get the book HERE.
Children who do not know themselves find it difficult to self-celebrate because they fail to identify what matters to them. If your child will practice self-celebration, they first must be taught to engage in what matters most to them. Teaching self-celebration to kids will give them a positive outlook on their life.
Children who do not accept or love themselves because of a physical disability or limitation will struggle to practice self-celebration. Yet a countless number of people in the same shoes have excelled despite their challenges. This is because someone was there to reassure them that they were adequate. Someone “disabled the disability” in these individuals from a young age and lit the candle of excellence through self-celebration. In spite of any limitation, children should accept themselves, love themselves, and celebrate themselves. No matter how little, taking time to celebrate oneself is necessary.
How children regard themselves has a drastic effect on almost everything they do, especially the way they handle challenges and relationships. Thus, in the course of interacting with your child, teach self-celebration. This will also help to boost self-esteem.
Self-Celebration for Children—What You Should Do
- Praise your child in a sincere way for what they did correctly. Speak kind words to show you appreciate who the child is and what the child has done. Do this genuinely because children know how to distinguish honest feedback from pretentious words. Words that express sincere appreciation of their work have a far-reaching impact on their person. More so, you should let your child know what about their behavior pleases you and celebrate them for it.
- Help the child see substantial proof of their progress. Praising the child for what was done correctly is one step. It is also crucial that you help the child appreciate their improvement by showing tangible evidence of their growth, which in turn deserves self-celebration. If you are not sure how to do this, you may begin with a subject they struggle with at school by contrasting earlier performance with later performance. This will go well when efforts are made to improve academic performance. In the end, the child will see that the subject they struggle with is now a small piece of what makes them worth celebrating.
- Reward your kids with rare moments that please them. Occasionally, give your child the luxury of ending their day with a scoop of their choice ice cream when they accomplish a goal, make good grades at school, or win a competition. Also, teaching kids to celebrate their birthdays helps them cultivate an attitude of self-celebration.
Self-celebration can be a lifestyle for our children. As humans, we all deserve to be celebrated, not for who we wish we were, or who we want to be in the future, but for who we are now. Teaching our children self-celebration will help them grow to honor themselves for their triumphs and efforts and appreciate their resilience even in the face of adversity.
5 Teachable Acts of Self-Celebration for Children
- Teach him to always say kind words to himself. This will help him keep a positive attitude and help him recognize his daily accomplishments.
- Teach her to celebrate herself at any place and anytime, for any reason or accomplishment, no matter how small.
- Teach him to surround himself with positive people—people who will lift his spirit and whose spirits he can lift.
- Teach her to speak up when she has something to say because what she has to say is worth hearing.
- Teach him to engage in things that relax and refresh him. His needs are essential too.
By teaching our children self-celebration, they learn always to recognize and acknowledge that they are the best. Make your child a firm believer in self-celebration today.
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