As a parent, I’m always concerned about my children’s self-esteem. Careful not to praise too often, too shallow, or too little, be too critical, and I want to be positive about their body-image … After adopting our son I discovered another whole list of self-esteem worries: will it bother him to be of a different race from his siblings, when are we pushing the cultural differences and making him feel ‘different’ rather than encouraging him to embrace his birth culture, how do other’s questions affect him … ?
Apparently I do not need to worry a lot right now. As we were grocery shopping, when most of our “ah-ha! moments” seem to take place, my 5-year-old son was belting out his original chorus, “God made me so cute, oh yes, God made me so cute …” He paused to kiss his hand several times before declaring to the parking lot, “I kiss myself ’cause I LOVE myself!”
Rolling my eyes and snickering, I was tempted to take his little ego down a notch or two. There’s positive self-esteem and then there’s conceit. But I held my tongue. Too soon this world is going to begin telling him he’s not good enough, not smart enough, not handsome enough. Today I’m going to let him praise his Creator with his unique, though slightly obnoxious, song.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14