Naughty or Nice or Misunderstood??
Here are some questions that adults can ask as they relate to kids this year?
- What is the message that I want this child to receive?
- What is the message that this child lives by?
- What does this child already believe that is influencing the behavior?
- Is there truly anything this child needs to do to prove that he/she deserves to receive from me?
How many people feel as if they just don’t measure up to being good enough? Is there a message that you are good no matter what you choose?
Sounds insane to me and having been a product of this insanity it gives me insight as to some of my own unworthiness issues.
I also wonder how many kids are so sensitive and trusting of adults to believe that they must be bad since they are continuously told to be good.
- In a child’s mind what is good? Do they even have an understanding of the adult’s idea of being good?
- Does it mean doing what adults tell you to do, whether it works well for the child or not?
As a child continues to be told to be good, it may be that the message the child is getting is that s/he is bad since it is assumed that s/he won’t be good. I wonder if a child buys into the belief that they are bad, will they live their life proving their badness to themselves and others by doing things that are judged as bad and wrong? And to think it may have all started on a Santa’s lap in a department store or some other holiday tradition.
Let’s not fool ourselves though, this concept that we project onto kids about being good is present all year long. It is during the holiday season- the season of joy- the time of year that we wish goodwill upon one another- which mounds of judgment are heaped upon the children.
And it is being done throughout the world so the energy of being wrong and judged is thick and pervasive. In my reflection about judgment, I have found it to be a very destructive force that affects all areas of our lives and living.
This is a conflictual message that is presented to children and adults who have grown up in these traditions. This gives us more insight about the behaviors that children display during the holiday season. With these conflicting messages being thrown around we could ask the question-
How is a child of any young age supposed to interpret any of this?
The idea of gifts is ever present, the energy of desire is all around and yet these small beings are supposed to hold back and first be good-whatever that is and then it will be determined if they deserve to receive.
How do we change this? What can adults do to empower themselves and the children of the world this holiday season? I would suggest begin by asking some questions about your own sense of being worthy.
- Am I only worthy to receive some things?
- Is it difficult for me to ask for things for myself?
- Do I feel selfish when I focus attention on myself?
- No matter what I do, I always seem to do the “wrong” thing?
- How much time do I spend judging myself?
- And since misery loves company, who else am I judging so I don’t have a solo pity party?
- Who do I make wrong just so I can be right?
These questions are meant to bring up awareness not judgment. So if you find yourself connecting to any of these questions, just say
“Interesting point of view I have this point of view about myself- what would it take to change this?”
As the creator or co-creator of your life you can destroy and uncreate any of the beliefs you have about being good or bad, worthy or unworthy. You have the power to do that. As you begin to change your own perceptions of being good, deserving or worthy, it will be easier to see the true goodness in your child, knowing that while there may be reasons why your child can't have everything s/he desires, it will never be because s/he doesn't deserve it or isn't good enough.
If you want more information about being an Empowered Parent, refer to the book Empowered Parents Empowering Kids- A Guide to Be YOU Parenting by Mary Dravis-Parrish available on amazon. Or contact Mary at ParentWhispers@gmail.com
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