06 June 2011
Powerful Words...I'm Proud of You
Becoming a teacher and being a parent has helped me and shaped me to be very vocal with my words, and very encouraging to my students and to my children. Praising children for a job well done is not only important, but it is crucial to building their self esteem and self worth and help them to achieve even higher goals than they can imagine.
And although I didn't hear the words, "I'm proud of you." til my wedding day and when I graduated with my Masters Degree, I hear it constantly now. My parents have become the most encouraging people and supporters of me and my children. I don't know when the change happened or how it happened but part of it could be from my prayers for my family to grow closer and part of it could be I was finally able to tell them how much I needed to hear those words from them (it took me til I was 30 to tell them, but I've discovered it's never too late to work on your relationships with your family and to seek positive change). After opening up to my parents as an adult about my feelings and needs and even past hurts, they couldn't have been more receptive. And hearing them tell my Julia how proud they were of her at her gymnastics recital meant more to me than any other blessing they could have given me. Even the fact that they came at 9 am to her recital on a Saturday morning when they could've slept in was a huge support and blessing.
But once she and her coach Michele started her floor routine (forward rolls, jumps, cartwheel, etc), beam routine, and her other routines, she quickly knew what was expected of her and followed directions.
Julia you amaze us! You are so brave and independent and so excited to learn and try new things! You are our star. We love, love, love you! Keep shining!