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Rebuilding Our Youth’s Sense of Self-Worth.

We have to re-adjust our children’s appreciation and value meters. Today’s youth are deeply entranced with meaningless material things. They will do almost anything to get them, lieing, even robbing, stealing and hurting themselves and other people for garbage like this. Many of our children and a few of our adults have more appreciation and see more value in ‘things’; more than they appreciate and value themselves and other human beings.

A young brother I know asked me about my boots, a plain pair of black boots. He suggested I get the New Prada’s winter boots. Aren’t Prada women’s shoes? I asked. No, he says. They are only about $400 and something. I’m gonna get me a pair or two. I asked, when did he start working? I’m not; I’m going to get my mom to buy them.

Some of our children watch these t.v. characters and music personalities and feel they have to do their best to replicate their image and ideologies. All because to them this represents success, appeal, beauty, strength and acceptance.

I understand each generation has its own style, but it seems like this generation seriously lacks cultural confidence and knows very little about their history. They are so infused with Pop {Popular} Culture, they are building their lives around it. They are self-mutilating and self-destructing from tattoos on their faces to killing themselves by drinking trendy toxic soft drinks and alcohol to say the least. Those are traits low self-esteem.

ENHANCE YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM. Self-esteem refers to how a person feels about himself/herself. Children with high self-esteem tend to be happier and more confident than children with low self-esteem. Active fathers promote their children’s self-esteem by being fully involved in their lives and letting them know that they are highly valued. {Source: Wade F. Horn, David Blankenhorn, and Mitchell B. Pearlstein (Eds.), The Fatherhood Movement: A Call to Action. New York: Lexington Books}

I’m all for self-expression, but respect your roots. We as parents are the first teachers, their sense of self-worth begins with us. We must reconnect, engage and talk with our children and develop better relationships with them. Too many of us are letting the television, video games and media raise, babysit and educate our children, and we are losing them. To get them back we need to be that source of encouragement when they run into life’s challenges. Find out their interests and encourage them to develop their talents and guide them toward goals. Keep them motivated and inspired. Once they grow to appreciate themselves, they will not allow themselves to be enslaved by the superficial.

Author: Tyrone McCants – Founder / Executive Director of Proud Poppas United.

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