What do you believe my friends? Our beliefs begin in childhood, nestling into our psyche right from the start. Don’t believe me? Have you ever heard your mother’s words coming out of your mouth for example? Do you find yourself doing X (whatever example you want to use) just the way you were taught as a child, even when you know there’s an easier or better way? But you can’t help yourself, and you continue to do it that way because that’s how it’s always been done? Do you have limited beliefs in yourself because you were told that you weren’t smart enough or that you wouldn’t amount to anything? Or perhaps you were told you could do anything, and you have?
Parenting before the age of 7 is paramount to a child’s self-esteem and belief system about everything, including themselves. We may not even remember what we were told, but we know in your minds that it is true. Even when it’s proven not to be true. Why? Because the adults in our lives told us so when we were children.
How’s that for mind-befuddling?
So the next time you are parenting, think before you speak or give yourself a time out in order to center your thoughts. Your children are listening with minds of sponges and beliefs that you are creating for them for a lifetime.