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Shaping a child's identity: parents can influence how kids see themselves

PIN Sept presenter.jpg“Can you imagine your child wishing they were someone else?” asked Diana Thompson at the Parent Information Network's September meeting. For any parent who loves their child, that’s a painful thought to consider, but one that gets at the heart of a child’s struggles with identity and how they see themselves.

Thompson’s presentation focused on actions parents can take to move a child with a negative self image to one who is confident and increasingly empowered over time.

Her approach builds on every child’s capacity to be a hero (a problem solver), leader (a guide or inspiration to others), and champion (an overcomer of obstacles).  In her talk, Thompson explained:

1.    Parents can help reframe personality liabilities as assets and tap into the hidden strengths of their child.
2.    The importance of replacing negative self-talk (“griptonite”) with positive messages that encourage and empower (“scriptonite”).
3.    The ability of emotions to move a child toward or away from their potential.  Emotions are not facts, but need to be diffused and understood before the underlying problem can be solved.

Learn more about how you can help your child shape an identity that sets them on a positive path to the future.  Download a free podcast of Thompson’s presentation at  Learn more by visiting to read Thompson’s blog.

October Parent Information Network meeting:

Marijuana, Colorado Law, and Your Kids 

Mark your calendar for PIN’s next presentation on Tues., Oct. 4 at 9:15 a.m., or attend a special evening presentation on Wed. Oct. 5th at 7:00 p.m. to hear Asst. Attorney General Michael Song and Smart Colorado co-founder Diane Carlson-Robinson explain the state and federal laws surrounding marijuana in the schools and the effect of legalization on Colorado kids. Get more information at

Posted 9/23/2016 4:02 PM
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