I stumbled upon the I am… Project a few days ago and found the idea touching. From the Facebook page creator, the goal of the project is to: flood the internet with more uplifting of kids than shaming of kids. She goes on to say:
I am saddened by the amount of kid-shaming photos and stories I see all over the internet. My proposal is that we flood the world wide web with kid-positivity and uplifting stories and photos. So, grab a kid (preferably your own; if not get permission) and ask them to finish the sentence, ‘I am…’ Write down what they say (I guarantee it’ll be positive) snap a picture of them holding it and post it everywhere! Post them here as well and let’s see how many uplifting, positive things we can learn about our children!
I could not wait to let Emron, who is almost six, go crazy with this. I thought he would have so many good things to say about himself; so many that it would be difficult to make a workable list. I was a little surprised by his anxious reaction when I asked him to finish the sentence: I am… Don’t get me wrong, I am glad my kid doesn’t have an inflated ego, but as we talked about ideas of what to write he still seemed a little stressed. In the end Emron decided to write: I am STRONG.
Isn’t he the cutest?
I not am overly praising in my parenting style. I don’t hand out complements for every-day tasks like brushing your teeth or getting dressed. But as I watched Emron struggle with this project something inside clicked. Now I feel re-committed to giving genuine and specific complements.
I am happy to have found the I am… Project. In participating, I have learned more than I thought I would. I was oblivious to the “kid shaming” that is all over the internet. I was also reminded of how integral my role as a parent is. There is so much truth in the saying that parenting isn’t for the faint of heart!
Make it a great day!!