Like most parents, we tell our children that we love them and we believe that speaking those words will translate into our children to continue loving themselves. We believe that if something is said over and over again it will gain validity and that our children would then internalize that "I love you" and from that create a healthy self -love.Self-love is not the same as being self-centered, egotistical, or narcissistic. What would it look like to have a generation of children that practiced self-love? They would be caring and loving towards others as well as themselves.They would appreciate their talents and be accepting of who they are. By being accepting and compassionate towards themselves, they can in turn be the same towards their friends, classmates, siblings, and parents. Their self-worth and high self-esteem becomes a by product of their self-love.
Dr. Andrea "Andie" Weiner began her career as a child and family therapist at a community mental health center, where she worked with children of all ages and their families. While there, she created an early intervention program which focused on developing and honing interpersonal and social interaction skills for young children whose parents or siblings were undergoing treatment. Dr. Weiner's experience with these families ignited an ongoing interest in the lifelong benefits people derive when they are taught interpersonal skills as children. Dr. Weiner's research concentrated on various modes of intelligences, in particular emotional intelligence, which she found most fascinating. She is currently President of Emotionally Smart Beginnings LLC that is dedicated to bringing Power2relate™ products that teach children, their families and educators the important skills of emotional intelligence.
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