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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jacqueline Cahalan

Accepting Children as their Authentic Selves

Every child (and every person) has their unique strengths, interests, personality style, and areas of difficulty. Children are also constantly developing and changing, at various speeds and often in unexpected ways. At times, our perceptions of our children are clouded by our personal experiences, biases, and goals and remaining open and flexible to who they inherently are can be challenging. Allowing space for them to be their authentic selves, and accepting them wholly for both who they are and where they are in their development, is an important component to supporting their growth. Your children can sense your acceptance (or lack thereof) and this allows them to feel safe and seen. They will be more comfortable as they encounter new experiences and developmental challenges. Allowing them this space will help them work towards their true individual potential, whatever that may be.

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