I saw this quoted somewhere, got curious and managed to find original article it was taken from. I loved the quote, but I loved the article even more. Loving and accepting ourselves is the first step to becoming better parents to our children. Love and acceptance. That’s all I can say for now. No, wait. And supporting each other. Not judging and criticizing, but trying to understand, offering help, sharing resources. Maybe some of us would actually love to be exposed to new information instead of negative attitude? Maybe?
Full text from Authentic Parenting found here:
Many of us grow up learning that we are worthless, powerless, ugly, stupid, voiceless… There may be a lot to overcome, a lot of tiny voices to silence.
Loving yourself doesn’t mean you’re smug or full of yourself. It doesn’t mean you’re egocentric. It just means that you come as you are, and that is an enormous force to bring to your child.
If you are truly in touch with who you are, what you represent, and how you were raised – with your true self, not just the mirage you are trying to keep up – parenting obstacles will become obsolete. You will strive to find that same acceptance for your child, and in turn, your child will be attracted to being his true self.”
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