Children hold a mirror up to us like no one else.
But what happens when you don’t like what you see?
What happens when you realize you are raising your very own “mini me,” and your heart sinks?
Why is raising a mini me hard?
I discovered that guiding and supporting a miniature version of me meant holding that mirror back up to myself. It took a lot of soul searching and acceptance to move beyond messages of shame and self-loathing that I had picked up.
If you have a child who reminds you of yourself and whose behaviors or upsets you find hard to handle, it could be you need to find more compassion for yourself too.
Raising a mini me from day one
Let me be very clear. I dearly love my child and always will. What’s hard is when I can see that they are a “chip off the old block”, as the saying goes, and I would have preferred they took more from the “other”