Embracing Your Child’s Unique Qualities

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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.

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.  Everyone makes mistakes.

Allow your child to express themselves through their interests.  They may find a creative outlet in theatre, dance 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.’
Praise your child 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. It’s through experiences like these that they find what they are passionate about.  It’s up to you to expose them to these wonderful experiences regularly and especially while they are young.  Soon it will becomes a part of their character.

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.

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.
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