… Don’t say I’m not, you can’t see inside of me!
Did you ever sing that song at school or camp? I remember singing that song everyday at Vacation Bible School as a kid. I can only remember that one line from the song but after a quick search on google, I learned that the song is called the Self Worth Song.
The Self-Worth Song
I’m proud, I’m strong, I’m ready for whatever comes along.
I’ve got good friends, we’ll stick together till the end.
I like myself! I’m worth a lot! I like myself! I’m worth a lot!
And don’t you tell me that I’m not ‘cause you can’t see inside of me.
The song is geared towards kids and apparently popular at summer camps across the United States. It’s great way to get them singing and chanting affirmations to build them up.
I think as a new parent this song can be so empowering. Becoming a new mom and parenting a newborn baby can lead you to question every shred of self confidence you have within yourself. You will question if having a baby was the right choice, if you will ever sleep for more than 2 hours at a time again, if you are truly capable of being this baby’s parent, are you a bad parent for doing or not doing something. You will feel alone and isolated at times.
When you start to feel really low like you can’t go on another second, sing or chant these words to yourself or loud and proud*.
Internalize it. Know that the words are true and meaningful.
You are strong, you are a good parent. You CAN handle whatever life and your new baby throw your way.
You have a strong support network. You have people who love you and are ready to support you in whatever way you ask. And just like they are there for you now, you will do the same for them when they are having a baby.
You are worthy. You are worthy of love. From other but most importantly from yourself.
And you don’t hear the words of anyone or anything making you question if you are worthy because they don’t know your story or your journey.
*Of course there are some silly hand gestures to go along with the words but that’s totally up to you if you want to add that on.
Shrooti, S., Mangala, S., Nirmala, P., Devkumari, S., & Dharanidhar, B. (2016). Perceived Maternal Role Competence among the Mothers Attending Immunization Clinics of Dharan, Nepal. International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery, 4(2), 100–106.