The kids will hear positive things about themselves from other kids, things they never thought about. And that’s even more empowering. It increases the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
Can you name three things you love about yourself?
I want to share the exercise I’ve been doing for years in my FLYoga Kids classes. I call this the Love Yourself exercise. This exercise is very powerful and not only for children but also for us adults!
Yes, it’s not related to FLYoga directly. Still, it’s a tool that will allow you to make a very significant change in children, and more importantly, this exercise will also change your approach and how you see and think about yourself.
That is how you should do the exercise:
Each child taps the bowl and shares three things he likes about himself. He begins the sentence: “I love myself because…” It can be skills, looks, and hobbies.
The instructor and the other children may add something else that they think the child needs to love about himself.
You can also do it with your family, where everyone thinks of 3 things they love about themselves and tells everyone, and then every family member should add one more thing why the person who said should love about himself.
So for the first time in the first round, most people will say some superficial stuff and sometimes even untrue things. Still, when you do another round and another round, it suddenly becomes more challenging. You have to dig deeper within yourself and think, and here it is already starting to get interesting. And when family members or classmates start telling you why you should love yourself, it’s inspiring and eye-opening because, in most cases, the person has not even thought about all these things that people see from the side and he should love himself for. That’s how Semyon discovered for our kids that he is the best father, with a detailed explanation of why. There were tears in everybody’s eyes.
This is a very powerful exercise! Kids suddenly have to think about what they like about themselves. What are the good qualities they have? And on top of that, the kids will hear positive things about themselves from other kids, things they never thought about. And that’s even more empowering. It increases the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
This exercise should be a daily routine for children and adults in every family.
I do this exercise also as part of my FLYoga Kids Teacher Training Course, and I see what a tremendous change it makes in the students’ lives. I had people crying when they realized they how difficult for them to tell what they love about themselves. I got emails and calls from the students weeks after the course was over, saying that the Love Yourself exercise had such a huge impact on them, made a difference, and allowed them to see themselves differently and start getting to know themselves better.
I invite you to write down here in the comments at least one thing you love about yourself. You don’t have to write, but you owe it to yourself. So tell yourself that you love yourself and why.
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