Most, if not all parents want their children to grow up and develop a healthy self-esteem. However, there are many messages that parents have to compete with that can often foil a parent’s efforts. This is why even the undesirable messages must be used in a practical sense as a teaching tool. In fact, it is possible to mix positive messages in with the negative as a way of teaching your children how to actively compete with negative messages.

Self-Knowledge and Acceptance
One of the best things that you can do for your children is to teach them to embrace themselves and all the things that make them who they are. Encourage them to explore who they are by trying new things. It’s also a good idea to encourage them to avoid comparing themselves to others. No two people are alike. This is the sole reason why comparisons are useless. Encourage your children to be the best they can be. This encourages individualism and creates an atmosphere that makes it ok for them to be different from one another.

It’s Ok to be Different
We all live in a world filled with all kinds of people that may look, act, and have differing beliefs from us. Your children are no exception. They will encounter children that come from a variety of different backgrounds, beliefs, and ethnicities. We must teach our children that differences are a part of life. Just as day is different from night, no two people are alike. Y0ur children may witness all sorts of prejudices in action based on peoples differences.

Prejudice
Prejudice can manifest itself in a variety of different situations. Discrimination can take place based on gender, financial status, race, and disability. However, there are many other situations that may evoke discrimination. However, there’s one central fact. Discrimination and prejudice are almost always based on some inherent difference. If you read racial equality articles this truth is clearly expressed.

We live in a world filled with many people. Amazingly, no two people are alike. We are all uniquely different. The world is the perfect classroom for teaching our children to accept themselves and accept others. This helps build individuality, self-acceptance, and self-esteem.