No Such Thing As a Bad Child
Truths about children...
They can be selfish and impulsive
They push limits and push, bite, pinch, and scratch people.
They can be angry, scared, conflicted, and sometimes even spiteful.
They can be unkind with words or lack the words needed to support them.
But a bad child does not exist.
This matters because when we believe children are bad it affects the way we relate to them and how they will view themselves.
Children are excellent mirrors of the people and environments around them. When a child displays an unwanted behavior, let’s pause and ask ourselves why is this behavior happening? And why now?
“If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” -C. G. Jung
p.s. If you were raised to believe you were a bad child, your inner critic may be quick to remind you of your “badness” when you do something you’re not “supposed to”. What does your inner child need from you now?
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