Dear parent seeking help,
"My parents provided my needs such as home, food, clothes, and safety but they were not very involved in my emotional needs. They just did not know how to or even know what that meant. I think as a parent you are the foundation of providing your kids’ emotional needs which leads to good or bad self-esteem.
Growing up my parents made me feel unloved, unaccepted, unworthy, and insignificant. I am not going to say it was all bad because it was not but I struggled with these feelings. What I needed from my parents was for them to make me feel loved, worthy, significant, and accepted.
I am glad you are here today trying to better yourself as a parent, you don’t know what a difference you will make in your child’s life, trust me. As a parent you have the power to create positive or negative things in your child. Please choose the positive and if you have made mistakes, it’s okay, you can fix them.
I would love for no child to have to feel the way I did growing up. Having a bad self-esteem created much insecurity in me with consequences such as depression, anxiety, addictions, and choosing partners that were not suited for me. Those are some of the consequences but there are more out there such as dependency on alcohol and drugs, an unexpected pregnancy at a young age and even sexual abuse.
My family and I did a modified version of these classes that you are about to take. I took these classes as an adult and you don’t even know what a difference this has made in my life and my parents' life. All the little broken pieces in my heart that my parents unintentionally created have started to heal. My parents and I have a better relationship, are more open with each other, and we can actually talk about the things that hurt us in the past".