As parents, we have a vital role in shaping our children’s self-esteem and sense of identity. However, our actions and words may unintentionally undermine our child’s sense of self. Are you stealing your child’s identity?
Our challenge as parents is that we must be aware of the impact our actions and words have on our children’s self-esteem and sense of self.
Now, I believe most of us know this. But when we are faced with everyday craziness, and busyness takes over, we forget what is said or done in the heat of the moment.
And sometimes, that means we say things that are hurtful, and even an apology can’t take back what was said. The hurt was already done, the stain made.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~ Ephesians 4:29
Mom/Dad — We need to be building up.
Yes, our words we share need to be real. But they need to be appropriate for the matter at hand.
And we can’t forget how we express our thoughts and words. Are we swinging our hands with a red face using a tone of defeat and disappointment?
It’s easy to become comfortable with reacting, instead of preparing and then responding.
We can’t just rely on our defaults to sustain our children. Because our defaults can be hurtful.
So if you want to be a builder in your child’s identity, then be Intentional about building them up.
The K.I.S.S. ~ Be intentional about building!
PRAYER: May your actions, words, and thoughts be herbs and spices, a sweet aroma, to your child’s day. As you train up your child to be who God created them to be, stay grounded in His word so you can help in building their foundation.
“Be present. Be incredible. Be YOU!!!“
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