Lessons for Children – Be a Friend to Yourself — 34 Comments

  1. I love all your motivational goodies! I try to set a good example for my boys.

  2. I love your motivational quotes! This one in particular is so true – it goes along the same lines as “No one else will love you until you love yourself.”

  3. What a great lesson to teach young children, and equally applies to adults as well.

  4. One must be a true friend to have a true friend, my mother always said. How true it is.

  5. It took me forever to find out what a true friendship really meant. Friendship means not counting favors or IOUS!

  6. This is very true. I try to be positive as much as possible, sometimes I have to remind myself, so thanks for this.

  7. I retweeted your quote. I think this can be hard for some of us, especially since we, girls mainly, have a tendency to be hard on ourselves. I need to try and be more positive when it comes to ME>

  8. I hope that my daughter learns that with friends sometimes it’s quality over quantity. I hope to teach her what it means to be a good friend and respect everyone.

  9. I choose my friends carefully. I learned that it’s not the number of friends you have but the ones who are true that matters.

  10. What a great lesson here! I think this also applies to grown ups. Teaching this to kids early will make for a well rounded adult

  11. What a great post. I agree that you have to like yourself and treat yourself well and everything else will fall in place. This is a great lesson for children and adults as well.

  12. Oh, this is so good. We are so hard on ourselves…especially as moms. But, we have to remember those lessons for ourselves for sure.

    • You are right. As moms sometimes we are too hard on ourselves and we would never let people treat our friends the way we treat ourselves.

  13. This article reminded me of a beautiful verse from the bible. The golden rule Matthew 7:12 12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
    I always remind my kids to always treat others with love because it glorifies God.

    I didn’t know you have twins, how adorable. I always wanted to have one.

    • The twins are each other’s best friend and it is wonderful to see how they love each other and protect each other.

  14. I totally agree on this article, as the saying goes to become a great leader you should be a great follower first.

  15. Such an awesome lesson for kiddos! It’s very true. The old saying about having to love yourself before you can love others. Very very true.

  16. This was a great read! My kids have lots of issues with school, friends and just kids on the bus. I’ve always tried to teach them all of this but there’s no hurt in refreshing them! Thanks for sharing

  17. What a great lesson to teach children! I think there is not enough focus on showing kids’ their strengths these days and reminding them to treat others as they wish to be treated. Thanks for the reminder!

    • You are right, we do need to make sure children learn the Golden Rule.

    • I was so happy that my kid’s kindergarten teacher taught them that and stressed it throughout the year. It is a good lesson for life.

  18. Love this! I need to learn to be a friend to me. I show my bestie all the love in the world, but I never do the same for myself. Thanks for the lesson, Janeane.

    • Yes, you would not let people bad mouth your friend, so don’t bad mouth yourself. You tell your friend to take time out for herself, you should do the same for yourself. Give yourself and use yourself all the good advice you give to your other friends.

  19. My mother always told me that you can’t love anyone else if you don’t love yourself first. She was very right!

  20. RuPaul says If you can’t love yourself how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? And it’s so true.

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