I was reading an article written by Michelle Obama recently where she talked about her parents and how they allowed her to question things so that she would be encouraged to value her own voice and opinions. Compared with and rewind back to my own childhood and it was a case of being seen and not heard.
As Michelle Obama’s case shows us, with the right input we can very much succeed. Children need support, help and guidance with the things they can succeed at. All children must be encouraged to voice their opinions, as long as the opinions they are voicing are conciliatory and don’t undermine others.
The former US First Lady who was a Guest and speaking at London’s Royal Festival Hall, told the audience, ‘my parents saw this flame in me.’ It is clear that where other parents may have tried to dampen the flame or put it out altogether, Michelle Obama’s parents had the insight to know that she would need the flame later on.
It is important children are encouraged to bring value to their own lives, to feel worthy that they can become balanced individuals, no matter how their lives start. The irony is that with emotional support, we will never have a need to ridicule ourselves and that’s the point.
Regardless of our childhood, when you begin to know your own self-worth you have no need to feel and be ridiculed. I knew I wasn’t a bad person, just very misunderstood.
My writing and my website have finally proved my self-worth, but I should not have had to prove it.