Our children are watching us every step of the way, and there are a number of lessons we want them to take from us.
One of these teachings is the importance of being confident. Out of all of the qualities I looked for in a relationship, confidence was always a priority. There’s nothing more attractive than a person who is sure of themselves and their capabilities.
For us, these qualities are also important in the friendships we create with others.
Teaching Your Kids It’s Okay
Being able to build that confidence in our children is key for us. We don’t want our little ones to feel they can’t be themselves around others. Nor do we want them to care what anyone else has to say about it.
I recently got into a discussion with a friend about the importance of being okay when someone walks out of your life. She mentioned how people tell us how we should find a way to be friendly with others.
Personally, I don’t like that approach. In fact, my husband and I tell our boys the opposite. It’s okay to let someone walk away, and there’s no reason to be upset about it. We remind them of the importance of appreciating the time you’ve had with others. That’s how you build character.
Creating A Tough Skin
With time, you learn that there’s value in being true to yourself. The best way to approach situations in life is to admit where there’s room for improvement and work on those areas.
I sat down the other day and shared my thoughts on something with someone. It was probably not the best person to discuss this with, but I knew they’d let the other person know so I made it a point to bring it up.
My husband gave me a nudge to remind me that it wasn’t the best idea, but honestly, I come from a family that strongly believes in telling the other person how they feel. Isn’t communication key?
That’s been my approach lately, and I think a lot of people could benefit from having a friend/family member who calls you out on your BS than to applaud you when you’re wrong.
Cutting ties with someone is the same as cutting ties with things. If it’s not working, then it’s not working. Having tough skin will save you the headaches. Oftentimes a tough skin comes with experience and reminding yourself of the reasons why you shouldn’t be upset.