Smile Notes: Be Yourself! by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip reminds us to “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!” This is good philosophy for us all and to model for our children.
He suggests that we ponder these questions:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five Miss Americas.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name six Academy Award winners for best actor.
6. Name the last five years’ worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do? The point is that none of us remember the headliners of yesterday even though they were the best in their fields. The applause dies, awards tarnish and achievements are forgotten.
Another list to think about:
1. List a few teachers who made a difference in your life. (Miss West and Sr. Caldwell)
2. Name several friends who have helped you through a difficult time (Liz, Karen)
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. (my list is too long to list!)
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. (Shirley, Chuck)
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. (Mother, Liz, Kellie, Elaine, Jane)
That list was easy for me. I totally failed the first list. I imagine you did too. The lesson here is that people who make a difference in our lives are not necessarily famous, wealthy or award-winners. They simply are the ones who care the most about us. Children often are attracted to popularity’ adults sometimes to fame or money. Perhaps you will want to reflect on this as well as discuss this with your children.
Copyright 2018, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
P.S. Please see my other column, The Counselor’s Corner , about helping your child through loss and grief.
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The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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