Growing up, my favorite author was Judy Blume. I loved most all of her stories, but one of my favorites was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. In a very brief synopsis, Peter is annoyed with the antics of his younger brother, Fudge, how he never gets punished and how Peter believed that his needs/wants came second to attention paid to his little brother. In middle school, I too remembered that feeling of coming second to siblings, classmates and friends. Believing that who they are must matter more because they got more attention. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that we all are amazingly unique and special and although I have never wanted to be just like someone else, I learned I couldn’t if even I tried.
The Confidence Post was created to connect with children and parents alike to work together as a community to empower children with self-esteem, leadership and character development as a weapon against bullying. However, we have not spent as much time talking directly to our young readers so I thought I would try to do that today.
I thought a great place to start would be to interview a 5th-8th grader that might be able to shed some light on what we as adults need to know about childhood self-esteem. I hope in the coming weeks to interview more bright, inspiring young readers to share their insight with you.
**Disclaimer: I started with my favorite 7th grader, my niece/goddaughter, Brianna. Her parents have allowed for her picture to be shared so you get a sense of the amazing young lady she is and the woman she is becoming. Brianna is a bright, articulate, talented young woman who agreed to be interviewed. These are the questions I asked:
- Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Brianna. I am 12 years old and I am in the 7th grade. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends. My hobbies are basketball and ballet.
- What is unique about you? I think I am unique because I have my own style. I usually do things my own way and I do my own thing. Usually, I don’t do whatever everybody else does.
- Who helps you see how unique and special you are? My family plays a big role in making me who I am. I am always able to be myself with my family.
- How do they do that (make you feel unique/special)? My family always encourages me to do new things and new experiences so I can discover who I am.
- What would you tell other kids about how to know THEY are unique and special? You are able to know you are unique by who you are surrounded by. Hang around people that know you are special and make you feel that way.
- Is there anything you would want to tell the parents/adults of those children on helping them feel unique and special? Try to notice what makes children special and tell them you notice these things.
- Anything else? I don’t think so…
Out of the mouths of articulate babes…My thanks to Brianna for taking time out of her very busy day to educate us and for being the super star that she is. I love you! Thanks also to her parents, Tim and Lily, for letting me speak to her, share her picture and overall fantastic example of self-esteem, leadership and character development.
More to come!