This month we will focus on the powerful word; “acceptance.” The concept of acceptance has to do with the willingness to be understanding of ourselves, tolerant of others and open-minded to the different ways that people live. It also relates to our abilities to appreciate of new experiences and different ways to do things.

Watch as Dr. Robyn Silverman, our personal development specialist, explains the Powerful Word a bit further:

While most young children are not able to grasp the philosophical dimension of acceptance, it is important for these youngsters to learn simple concepts such as “it’s OK to be different.” We will inspire all students to exercise an open mind, embrace diversity and fuel a sense of curiosity that
lacks bias or prejudice.

Acceptance helps children respect and appreciate the unique characteristics of people and their cultures—including their ideas, beliefs, and ways of life. Therefore, topics that promote discussions of
such things as family, friends, stereotypes and holiday celebrations will emphasize the importance of being accepting of ourselves, others, and the differences between people.

Studies tells us that when people feel accepted, they also feel safe and protected. The converse of that is rejection. Rejection is actually bad for people’s health; it makes them feel depressed. People who are rejected are often unhealthier, get less sleep, and are more likely to lash out than those who feel accepted (Current Directions in Psychological Science, August, 2011)

Since this month is as much about accepting ourselves as it is about accepting others, please use the lessons as an opportunity to help your children understand their own heritage and how it makes them unique. Share stories, pictures, foods, and customs that celebrate the differences in your family! Record stories that only certain people in your family know. You can even have your child write and illustrate your own special family book for your family!

We hope that this is a fun time for you. For those of you who are celebrating holidays this month, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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