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Kung Fu Panda (Po) is an animated action film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Since my kids love it I have seen it (and heard it in the background) countless times. The movie is about an overweight panda bear who dreams to be a kung fu master. Somehow he becomes the “chosen one”, the legendary Dragon Warrior, who is destined to fight one of the greatest warriors in history. Nobody believes in him and it seems quite unlikely that he will be capable of defeating anyone let alone the evil Tai Lung. To make a long story short Po’s father explains to him that people or things will become special if you believe they are. Once Po started to believe in himself he was suddenly capable of doing anything and in the end even successfully defeated Tai Lung.
Just as Po’s father basically gave him this ability to achieve anything he wanted so can we as parents. All we need to do is make our children believe that they can do anything they want to, succeed at anything or overcome any obstacles they encounter. Psychologists call it the “Self Fulfilling Prophecy”. If we tell our kids how great they are then they will believe in themselves and achieve what they put their minds to. In order to do that, we need to praise them often and focus on their accomplishments rather than their failures. Praise them often for specific achievements so matter how big or small. Award certificates are a good way to let them know what a great job they did and how special and talented they are!