The millennial generation (those children born after 1980) have gotten the rap of being the group of children who are both savvy educationally and technologically efficient and the most indulged compared to previous generations of children before them. Yet here’s the myth buster: teaching children to say “I love me” or to practice the tenets of self-love does not turn children into a generation of narcissists or demanding, selfish children. In fact, it leads to the complete opposite.
The “I love me" generation would be characterized as being caring and loving toward themselves as well as to others. They would be appreciative of their talents and be accepting of who they are. By being accepting of themselves, they would in turn be the same toward their friends, classmates, siblings, and parents.
Most important, because of loving themselves, they would be able to make loving decisions that lead to prudent actions. This means questioning and refraining from overindulging in drugs and alcohol, having sex before they are mature enough to handle it, partaking in bullying and humiliating behavior to others, and being in unhealthy relationships that cause pain and hurt. Being able to love yourself demonstrated by lots of “I love me” actions leads to true, authentic “I love you” to others.
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