Today starts the beginning of a little series I would like to call, The Empowerment of Harmonie. We are reaching the end of our second quarter and some subjects are completed. This leaves us more time to focus on review and any concepts that she has trouble with. We have finished all of our English assignments but Harmonie could use a little practice on writing paragraphs. I was thinking of topics to give her to write about and I decided with great thought, this is a perfect time to teach her how to think well of herself and empower her self esteem.
Today’s paragraph assignment was to write: What is Great About Harmonie?
She looked at the topic and was perplexed. She didn’t know what to make of it. She sat down and proclaimed she didn’t know what to write about. I told her to think of all the good things about her. Think about the good things she has done. In the beginning, she said there was nothing, which made her sad. Then I named off a few things to prompted her to think positive. I mentioned how good she is at swim, gymnastics and dance.
She wrote out her web. In one of the idea circles she wrote MOM. Hmmmm! I asked what about me? She told me I was courageous and good and a few other great things. She missed the point. I asked her what does she do for me that she thought made her great? Her response, “Nothing!” I reminded her that just this past Saturday she took care of me. I was so tired from working late the night before I fell asleep on the couch. She brought me a blanket and got herself ready for bed. Then she cleaned up her mess in my room so I could go to bed. She carried all my electronics to my bed so I could finished working then woke me up, told me to not stay up to late because I needed my sleep and put herself to bed. This peeked her self esteem a little bit.
I left her alone with her thoughts and went to take a shower. When I returned there was a full paragraph of great things about her plus a picture to boot. I gave her praise and told her she did a great job. Then I rewarded her with a cross stitch project from our goodies box. She was pleased. It is so important that we empower our children to think highly of themselves. The world will speak negatively about them at some point. We have to arm them with positivity and confidence.
For the next two weeks as we prepare to end our quarter I will give her more paragraphs to write that will empower her soul. I think we should start a home school movement of giving our children empowering work to do. Assignments that will make them look at themselves with pride. Napoleon Hill wrote his famous book, Think and Grow Rich, about this very thing. We all need to learn that what we say about ourselves becomes reality. We must work hard to make sure that we not only teach our children to think well of themselves but we need to do the same. Our children learn by example.
What topics do you think I should give as an empowerment paragraph? Do you think this is a good idea and would you give this to your children? Let’s chat and pass around ideas.