“Authenticity heals. It’s real, but messy.”
― Darlene Lancer
Being authentic is important. Many parents want their children to be who they are and show their true selves to the world. However, like all other things, authenticity also needs to be modelled by the parents. In today’s article, we are going to explore how parents can be more authentic with their children.
Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Sandahl’s book, The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids, mentions tips for parents to be more authentic with their children. They are as follows:
Being authentic is important, and it needs to be reinforced. It allows children to stand up for themselves and others, when required. It also teaches them to take advantage of their unique strengths and accept their areas of development. Most importantly, it allows them to be more confident in themselves.
Authenticity cannot be built in a day. It will take some children weeks, months, or even years to act authentically. In the meanwhile, stay consistent, be patient, and you will see results sooner than later.
What are some ways you encourage your child to be more authentic? Share your tips and queries in the comments section below.
Sandahl, I., Alexander, J. J. (2016). The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids. United States: Penguin Publishing Group.
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