Inner Peace Parenting Magazine: Strong is the New Beautiful

 
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Strong is the New Beautiful

It’s the hard times in life that make us build character, making us much stronger people.
But, how can we teach our children to learn from history and hard times the world has
already experienced? Do hard lessons need to be experienced personally to truly
understand them? How can parents teach lessons of hardship through activities that
develop noble charter traits this world needs children to possess?

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that
happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I
believe in miracles”
— -Audrey Hepburn.

What a beautiful, brilliant woman!! Can the next generation learn the important lessons
Audrey Hepburn communicated through her excellent example? How can parents place
importance on the delicate development of a child’s self-esteem rather than egos?

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We
laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
— -C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis provokes thought on what the next generation will become without proper
guidance of character development. In the 5th grade I had a bully. Like all bullies she
was mean, full of tormenting techniques designed to make me feel terrible and terrified.
Finally, my mother caught on after my continued complaints of fakes illnesses and
begging to stay home, so we had a chat. It didn’t surprise me when said she’d be taking
me to class. But, shockingly she said “You’re going to school to Stand up for Yourself,
even if that means a Fight with Your Bully” What!? Fight my bully?? No way!! I wanted an
easy way out!! I wanted the Principal and Teachers to end it. Then my mother sternly
advised there was nothing the bully could do to damage me forever, except continue to
bully me. She taught me a few “defensive fight strategies” showing me where the
dangerous spots to stand would be, helping me understand the distance I needed
between my face and the bullies punches to stay safe, then she dropped me off at
school.


My bully, antagonizing and “ready to go” my heart pounding, I looked at her and said, I
am Not Afraid of You, let’s fight! Stunned by her response: “I don’t want to fight you”.
WHAT!!?? She had been tormenting me for months and all I had to do was Stand Up for
MYSELF!!


Our children need to be taught proper skill sets to protect the self-esteem. Parents have
the tremendous responsibility of teaching their children right from wrong. It’s vital to
place importance on self-esteem and teach it is noble and right to stand up for yourself.
Without it how will they become productive members in society functioning fully in
communities? It’s true when children witness children defending themselves it becomes
contagious. I believe that is what the world really needs children standing up for
nobility, dignity and graciousness.

Inner Peace Parenting Magazine