Why Am I Different?
So much of the pressure our kids face is from self comparisons to others. Helping your children to have a healthy self image and a way to measure true success can bring peace and personal satisfaction to their lives. Here are a few questions to help you understand where they feel they don’t measure up so you can assure them that their differences make them special.
Why shouldn’t you compare yourself to others?
No two people are alike. Use this opportunity to celebrate your child’s uniqueness. Encourage them to reach the conclusion that they are different for a purpose and that comparing themselves to others only limits their potential to be who they were created to be.
What makes you unique to any other person in the world?
Help your child consider all their individuality can indicate their exceptionality. Nobody has their exact set of skills, personality, or interests and the combination that makes them who they are makes them matchless in aptitude and potential.
Why were you given the unique and special gifts that you possess?
When your son or daughter ponders the reason behind what makes them different, help them celebrate their uniqueness by discovering that their special gifts and talents give them an intentional edge to accomplish their dreams and aspirations. If they have trouble thinking of anything special you can help but let them take the time to come up with some on their own.
After your discussion, this illustration may help them understand how differences change outcomes. There are many different lanes of traffic on a busy highway and it appears everyone is going the same place. Only after careful observation and some time does it become obvious that each traveler will end up in a unique destination. Help your children to see that their path will take them to a place that was destined only for them and encourage them to find their unique lane in life.