"I am me, and there is no one better to be."
In a time where social media, bullying, and self-esteem issues are so prevalent, I want him to accept himself. I want him to walk around with high self-esteem and have no shame in who he is — quirks and all!
Nearly two years later he has memorized these affirmations, and even reminds me when I forget to say them on the way to school. It's difficult to know if these encourageing words have made a long-term difference, but I believe they have. He is confident in who he is. He is brave. And he stands up for himself and for others. I want him to always know how truly amazing he is. There are so many voices and influences in this world telling our kids they don't measure up. But behind every young child who believes in themselves is a parent who believed in them first.