The Greatest Love of All   

Ah, February 14 is Valentine's Day. My memories flood back to elementary school when we gave token gifts and cute little cards to all my classmates and especially to the teacher. At the Alphabet Kids, we believe that in addition to acting in a kind, respectful way to others, loving yourself is of prime importance.
There are quotes about loving yourself by everyone from Buddha to Ralph Waldo Emerson. One that particularly rang true was said by Lucille Ball, the actress and comedy star... "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
But why is loving yourself important? It is simple. According to Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, Family Therapist (, "The nervous system has two parts--- the revved-up (fight or flight) part and the calm part. The former is for saving your life and the later for enjoying your life. When you having negative thoughts about yourself, you are unnecessarily activating your fight or flight instinct. You should not have to be saving your life 24 hours a day! Every two minutes you think negatively, your immune system is compromised for up to four hours. On the other hand, thinking positively about yourself enhances your immune system and promotes overall well being. The implications for children are incredible, since we are talking about their formative years, life-long learning habits, plus their mental and emotional health."
As parents and educators, we should all take a moment to make a personal assessment of ways you demonstrate that you love yourself. It will be one the greatest gifts you can give yourself, your children, and students.
Children learn by example. Be a good role model by caring for yourself with good eating habits, exercise, looking after your home, respecting others, in addition to setting an example regarding the importance of literacy by reading books, magazines, and newspapers.
Happy Valentine's Day!!