First of all, let me start by saying that I am addicted to macro photography. This morning, after walking the kids to school and exercising, I was fascinated by the water drops on the grass. I grabbed my camera and sat down in the wet grass to get as close as I could to the drops. I headed back inside my house with wet leaves stuck to my legs and a handful of new favorite photos.
What I really want to talk about today, though, is not water drops or grass or macro photography. I want to talk about confident, empowered children.
According to the Fishful Thinking website, Empowerment, or self-efficacy, is believing in oneself. It is knowing what your strengths are and how to use your strengths to navigate challenges and reach your goals. Kids with a strong sense of self-efficacy are:
* better problem solvers
* less likely to become helpless
* more resilient
* more willing to try new things and take risks.
I wish I could say that I have done something specific (something I could point a finger to) that has led my kids to be empowered, confident people. I wish I knew the secret so that I could pass it on. Fishful Thinking has a number of empowering activities, but my kids were showing these signs long before Fishful Thinking came into our lives.
This week, KitKat went all out during School Spirit week. Instead of seeking to fit in, she has consistently sought to stand out….in a good way! I don’t know if I ever had the confidence and the guts to dress truly “wacky” on Wacky Wednesday during Spirit Week in high school. This is not the first time KitKat has done this, but I don’t think it will ever cease to amaze me and fill me with pride when she does. I think she’s pretty awesome for doing this.
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