Every child needs a good role model. Young people are so impressionable and idealistic, aren’t they? If you are a parent, you are likely careful with whom your child spends time. You want someone who will make good choices, be honest, trustworthy, kind.
We are all role models, whether we want to or not. We play a role and we model that for the world to see. As a caretaker for your Inner Child, you are on duty 24/7. Choose your actions wisely.
- Listen. Get to know your Inner Child. If you have said “SHHhhhh!” often enough, you may need to give him time to speak up. He will be leery, and may have to remember what it was he wanted to say. You cannot move on to any of the other items until you succeed with this first one.
- Inspire. What is it that your Inner Child would like to be or do? Choose actions that elicit that passion. Seek out knowledge about an interest. Give back to others. Try something new.
- Be trustworthy. If you tell your Inner Child you will do something, keep your word. If you don’t think you can, be honest. Don’t make promises you aren’t able or don’t intend to keep. Follow through with those you do.
- Apologize. Only deities are perfect. Admit mistakes. Learn from them. Promise to do better. Your Inner Child will learn to forgive.
- Have integrity. Your Inner Child will respect and admire your actions when they align with your values. If you speak gratitude, and take people for granted, your Inner Child will suffer. When you speak words of love, and show actions of hatred, your Inner Child is watching.
- Respect. Treat your Inner Child the way you would want to be treated. Be good, gentle and kind. Show respect and gratitude toward others. Respect the world, and the world will become your mirror.
- Give. Children admire those who give freely and selflessly of time, money and essentials. It is important for our Inner Child to feel there are gifts that come to those who need them. He will look up to you as someone who fulfills those needs.
- Be strong. Choose your fights wisely, then show your Inner Child how fiercely you engage. Overcome obstacles. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Rise from the flames. Reinvent yourself.
- Have confidence. Be someone of whom your Inner Child would be proud. Then be proud of whom you have become.
- Play. Go out for ice cream. Play on the swing set. Lay in the grass. Feel the sun on your skin. Pick a dandelion bouquet. Notice a bug. Picnic in the front yard. Take your feet off the pedals and coast.
What was your favorite playtime when you were a child? Could you do that now? If not, how could you change it for your grown-up self?
Peace . . .