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5. I've Been There, Too...
Children often think that they are the "only one" to have ever experienced a specific situation..."Everyone has friends but me," "Everyone is smarter than me," "Everyone gets to ____ but me." It is important to share stories with your child about your own experiences or others you know who have gone through similar situations. As humans we are attracted to characters with resiliency, we overcome our own challenges by knowing that others have done so before us. Those characters become our life-heroes. Perhaps you are a life-hero to your child. She will appreciate knowing that you "got through" some bad times and your encouragement will help her to do the same.
Gina Otto, the award-winning author of Cassandra's Angel, international speaker, producer, social entrepreneur, and children's advocate, is currently pioneering a movement to inspire individuals around the globe with her Change My World Now Initiative. Gina is the founder and CEO of Gina's Ink, a mission-driven media and entertainment social enterprise designed to create a movement for self-esteem, leadership, and self-acceptance that empowers children around the world.
Otto will launch Cassandra's Angel with a national bus tour this fall. Get more info on the tour's Carle Place and Garden City stops in our Calendar section.