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“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
Marilyn Monroe

The Concept:

We are all unique; yet so different from each other. We have our own strengths our own demons and our own unique journey of life. Beinjg aware of your Self-worth is the biggest gift one can have.

You may sit and wonder about what is unique about you – but the truth is that since human beings think and behave based on their life experiences, each of us is different. Just like our fingerprints are different, similarly, our thoughts and behaviors are matchless. The ability to make this difference stand out in a crowd is what makes you special. 

However the first step to valuing your self worth is Self Awareness.

The Story:

Uniqueness is being exclusive and this is what my little son understands of it.

The Goonies is a movie that unravels how a group of children whose parents were on the verge of facing foreclosure use their courage, presence of mind and conviction to discover a pirate ship that is full of hidden treasures. The treasures are enough to keep their homes safe with them.

  • Ordinary men and women have the guts to act extraordinarily under trying times.

In the movie Shrek, a fierce looking ogre who had nothing to do with romance and emotional feelings finds himself in a situation where he starts to fall in love with a princess. Princess Fiona is attracted towards the unfriendly Shrek although he was very different from others.

Shrek
  • Your uniqueness and high self worth will attract the right kind of people towards you.
How to help kids value their self-worth:
  1. Help your kids on their journey of self-discovery, make a note of things that make them jump with joy or thrill them beyond words.
  2. Let them immerse themselves in the daily routine but keep track of all those things that make them forget time and leave them captivated.
  3. And lastly, keep a watch for things that come naturally to them. These are activities and tasks that they are most comfortable with. These are their innate talents.
  4. As a rule, never compare your kids, yourself or your partner with anybody else. We all are unique and show them that you value your own uniqueness and your partners’.

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8 comments

Noor Anand Chawla April 24, 2019 at 6:12 am

Shrek is one of my all-time favourite movies for exactly the reason you have highlighted here. Believing in and accepting one’s uniqueness is so important.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 24, 2019 at 7:04 am

Thank you, Noor. When I was a new parent, I never realized something as simple as having a doll or seeing the right kind of shows/movies can have a significant impact on kids’ personalities. But when I started watching Disney movies with my daughter, I realized there is a lot more good that can be discovered, discussed and shared than the negative impact on eyes and brain that the whole world is talking about. Of course, it does not have to reach the stage of addiction. I support kids watching good shows and movies in a big way. It is so indispensable a part of my parenting.

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vidhya Thakkar April 24, 2019 at 7:36 am

Thiss is something interesting and important!

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Abhijit April 24, 2019 at 8:22 am

Great suggestions about how to keep a watch and understand uniqueness of kids. Yes certain things attract kids naturally and in certain activities they immerse themselves in.

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Shubhra Rastogi April 24, 2019 at 11:26 am

Each child is unique and they should be respected for that. Trying to make them like others is doing injustice to them. Great post.

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Vartika Gakhar April 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm

I love the entire post but my favorite is the last line, 4th point of not comparing your kids with anyone. I just hate to be compared since childhood as it develops a feeling of inferiority complex and strongly follow this principle at my home too never to compare my kids with others or even with each other too.

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Sonia Chatterjee April 24, 2019 at 5:56 pm

Every kid is indeed unique. But the issue starts when fail to conform to the societal set expectations. It is then when the parents’ patience and mental strength is really put to test. Whether they give in to peer pressure or let the child be is what eventually decides if the uniqueness of the child is nurtured.

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zainab April 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Love the concept. 🙂

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