Writer’s Name: Dominique Wilkins
Title: Have You Checked Your Lesson Plan for Today?
Building self- esteem is one of the most important requirements in parenting that is largely overlooked. I will give two examples. In one example, there was an attractive girl, who had so much to be proud of and possessed such a promising future with loving parents included. In the other, there is a young man who was born into a family that was unanimously considered as unattractive, broken and impoverished. Without saying anymore, if you had to choose, which individual would end up in a bad way due to low self-esteem issues, you would naturally assume the individual from the broken and unattractive home. Yet, the truth of the matter is, in the family of the attractive girl, who had so much going for her, they assumed that she knew to have pride in herself and body and would enjoy life’s blessings, though she did not. She would grow up to do quite the opposite for quite some time, as she desperately tried to fit in and live the “worldly life” everyone else seemed to enjoy.
Her name is Ryan Parker, the star of the popular book Mother In-Law Guilty of Murder by Dominique Wilkins. Due to the extreme lack of self-esteem, she was raped, beaten and degraded for years. She longed for craving and developed ideas and theories on how to have the perfect life that had her chasing not just men for their approval, but even her peers and eventually her in-laws. She had children of her own, who she was unable to preach or teach about love to because she had none for herself. To the outside looking in, it was plain what her problem was. Her family just could not wrap their heads around it! All they could think of was: she had such a good start! How could she let herself come down so far?! Self-esteem is a powerful state of mind. If you do not have it, you will be out of it.
The young man, born in a home, that dwelled under the same roof as several generations and extended family (all of which were unanimously considered unattractive as well) did very well for himself. In fact, his mother greatly resembled an adult male gorilla! This woman, raised her children up in a “lose-lose” environment with a warrior’s heart and mentality. This woman told all of her children how beautiful and important they were and how strong they would be on a daily basis as she raised them with all that she had by her lonesome. They all were confident and competitors in the real world. This one young man was the cockiest of them all. He grew up to have a great paying job at the age of 25 years old. He was bringing home $19/hour. He had a fancy car and all of the women, especially the older ones who would fall into his hold on them. They said it was “something” about him. They could not explain what! It was his “I think I can have whatever I want attitude” that drew people to him to see what makes his chest inflate so much. People would hang on his every word, because he never used the phrases: “I’m not sure”, “I don’t know” or “I’ve never heard of that.” He spoke with conviction and confidence that was unmatched. He went where he wanted to go and was invited to a lot of places that he didn’t.
Self-esteem will make or break your children, if you do not instill it into them. You must sing songs of how beautiful, how blessed and how important they are. You must do it SO much, that when the wolf, in sheep’s clothing comes along to sing those same praises to impress and conquer, she will be so bored for have being told something she’s heard a million times before, that she will NOT succumb to his evil tactics. Self-esteem also dressed as self-love is crucial to survival. A must have in your parenting lessons. Have you checked your lesson plan today?