Do you feel that your parents didn’t give you enough love when you were a child? Did they ignore you or treat you badly in any way? Did they criticize everything you did or push you too hard to accomplish things?
Parenting is a difficult job and most parents are ill-prepared for being a parent. They don’t take classes, read books or go to parenting seminars. They aren’t being a bad parent intentionally, they just don’t know how to parent. Most of us just “fly by the seat of our pants” using whatever methods we learned growing up, often making the same mistakes that their parents made, not really thinking about what we are doing.
If we haven’t received enough love as a child, we won’t understand how valuable we are and won’t be able to love ourselves. This creates insecurities and fears that we carry with us through life and causes problems in our relationships. If we don’t have love, we can’t give love and love is the key ingredient to a happy and successful life.
Did you receive love as a child? Are you receiving love now? Are you giving love? If your answers are ‘no’, then you need to start building your esteem. How?
- Become aware of who you are. Discover your abilities, skills and personality traits. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do well? You are a unique and special individual.
- Accept your imperfections and flaws. Focus on your positive qualities and not on the things you don’t like about yourself. Everyone is flawed and imperfect, even those people that you think has everything all together. Never compare yourself to anyone else, just be the best person you can be.
- Maintain a positive self-image. Show other people that you are an awesome person and that you like yourself. Be nice to other people and always be friendly especially with those who seem unhappy or withdrawn. If you show confidence and give love to others, people will feel comfortable with you and you will get love back.
Just because you didn’t get love from other people, doesn’t mean you can’t start loving yourself and giving love to other people. Treat yourself with respect and kindness. You deserve it!
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