What do you want your kids to know
as they head to school each morning?
They're smart? They're loved? They matter in this world?
In some parts of the country, school is already back in session. In others, it's just about to begin. And along with the anxiety of what to wear, the frenzy of school supply shopping and the stress of reintegrating a morning routine, comes the worry of getting good grades and bullies causing emotional or physical harm to our children.
I know this fear. My son, Adam is about to enter his teen years. He is growing so quickly and of course, I worry. See, Adam is sweet and a little shy. He sings opera and plays nose tackle on his football team. He plays gently with little kids and even holds the door open for his grandparents. But when I praise him, he will merely respond with a smile and a quiet "thanks, Mom." So, what keeps me up at night? The idea that he might not believe how amazing he is.
This sentiment hit a nerve when the Editors at Care.com asked moms from all over the country what they want their kids to know when they leave the house each morning. Moms and mom bloggers jumped at the chance to help us with a project we call, You Count. The idea is to build the confidence of kids, so they can hold their heads high – and tackle whatever problems they face, whether it’s public speaking, getting lost in the hallways, or standing up to a bully.
The more confidence they have (and the more they know they count), the easier school can be.
What do you want your kids to know about themselves? What do you hope they hear you say when they face their biggest problems? Or, what message might boost their confidence? We’d love for you to share your personal message to your kids as part of our You Count campaign.
Good luck to all the students out there starting another year – and to their parents who stay up all night worrying about them!