As a therapist and mother of two young girls, I know how important it is to help our kids build strong character—especially in today's society. It’s tough not to worry how your kids are going to respond to the inevitable hardships they will face. I worry about my own daughters’ level of resiliency and whether I can raise them to be mentally strong.
Towards the end of last school year, I started sharing some of what I've learned over the years as a therapist, business owner, and working mom with my daughters. Nothing major, just bite-sized pieces of advice—or what I like to call—"Life Lessons with Mom." I started sharing one lesson per day while driving my kids to school. I didn't really have strong (or let's be honest any) expectations that my 6 and 8-year-old would be into these life lessons. And I'm pretty sure they only half-listened to me at first. So, I started quizzing them every night. Once they realized that I was going to be asking them to give me an example of each lesson, they started paying closer attention. Realistically, I think they just wanted to one up each other at first. Whatever works right? However, to my surprise, they actually started asking me for their life lesson in the mornings and would give me examples of how they could use the lessons at school and with friends.
I took a break over the summer with my daily life lessons but decided to start them back up again once school started. This school year, I have challenged myself to share 180 Life Lessons with my girls. One for each school day this year. I have casually mentioned my Life Lessons with a few friends and clients. Each time, I get asked what lessons I am sharing so they can share them with their own kids. So, I have decided to start sharing some of my lessons on social media.
Yesterday's Life Lesson with Mom was "Be Uniquely You." I told the girls that conforming to others or "doing what your friends are doing" is easy. It’s easy to be a follower. Especially, when it comes to standing up for another person who is being picked on or doesn’t have anyone to sit with at lunch. I challenged them to Be Unique, Be Brave, & Lead with Courage. 💞