Helping our kids love the characteristics that make them unique.
By Molly McNamara Carter
One analogy that fits with this topic is as follows: each puzzle piece is different—different shapes, different colors, and different sizes. We all fit in. And we are all different. But in the end, we need every single piece to complete the puzzle because each is a different part of the big picture and contributes to the beauty of the world.
So, what if, instead of encouraging our children to choose what everyone else their age, in their class, or in their friend group chooses, we support them in loving what is unique about them and help them embrace the beauty of individuality? If we love all the unique things about them and vocalize that to them, show them, they will learn to love those things too.