Children paint with their favorite colors, dress in their favorite clothes and make connections with those who share similar interests. Subconsciously, children are already aware of who they are, and it’s our job as parents to celebrate that knowledge.
Focusing on individuality, creativity, talents and humor with your children can allow them to take an inward look and spotlight what makes them unique. When we identify and grow the qualities that make our children special, they’re more capable of respecting the qualities of others.
Individuality is a phenomenal way to not only allow children to learn more about themselves, but others as well. To highlight your child’s individuality, have an open discussion about their favorite personal traits as well as favorite traits about their friends and family members. This can prompt your children to become more aware of the positive impact individuality can have on themselves and others.
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Arts and crafts extend beyond the realm of cognitive development. These activities also permit children to expand their minds. Making up a song, painting on a canvas, or even building with blocks can allow children to bring something to life from their imagination.
Other helpful activities include:
Recognizing individual talent is a vital component to confidence. All children have unique traits that make them adept at special tasks. To promote your children's talents, become invested in their interests. If they enjoy running or writing, inquire about their progress and their reasoning behind their interest. As a way to encourage confidence, host a talent show for family and friends. A place for everyone to share strengths and be celebrated in a safe environment can do wonders for individual growth.
Other activities to try:
As an adult, humor comes in the form of inside jokes at work, a movie you see with your friends, chosen content from devices and so much more. Encourage your children to make up their own knock-knock jokes to practice creative thinking and to explore their unique silliness and you’ll probably even get a good laugh yourself!
Help your child foster humor through these activities:
We are all different, and that is beautiful. When children are exposed to inclusion at an early age, they are more likely to approach others with acceptance and compassion. The world has shifted into an awareness of how we are all unique and beautiful because of our differences.
Here are several children's books to introduce diversity and inclusion into your home:
Highlighting individuality, creativity, talent and humor can make a positive impact on your child. Always remember that we are meant to be unique!
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