There is a charming book I read in programs for children ages 4 – 8 called “I’m Gonna Like Me – Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem.” The book is filled with great illustrations by Laura Cornell and was written beautifully by Jamie Lee Curtis. I particularly like that the speaker loves herself not only for her talents, but also when she makes mistakes.
The book ends with a question: “I’m gonna like me, I already do, but enough about me, how about you?”
Giving a child a chance to speak up about their abilities, talents and things they enjoy doing is inspiring. I love seeing their faces light up when they share things that mean the world to them.
So many children, and adults, have been told they don’t matter. When we hear this message over and over again from others, we can start to believe it if we forget to value ourselves.
Remember, we are all enough and there are things each of us is passionate about that help us grow, contribute to the world in a positive way, and relieve our stress.
We all need to be reminded of the treasurers within each of us to thrive in this world. One activity I do with children around this issue is to ask them to write on a piece of paper what they love about themselves. Then they get a wooden box to decorate and I tell them to place the word in the treasure box to remember their amazing talent. Here is one child’s work from one of my classes:
Have a great day filled with creativity and high self-esteem!