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What mistakes do parents make in teaching children to love themselves?

Most parents tell their children that they love them, and most believe that speaking those words over and over again will gain validity and that children will then internalize the daily “I love yous” and become confident, self-loving individuals. Unfortunately, the message children actually hear is that someone else loves them, and it bypasses the notion that they have to learn how to love themselves first in order to pass on that loving behavior to others.

Also, parents may mistake self-love with self-esteem. They may look similar word-wise, but actually one has to come before the other. When you love yourself first, it creates a natural by-product of high self-esteem that helps build the confidence and courage to try and experience new things in life. The more self-love generated, the more self-worth is created and demonstrated.

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