Step Seven Self-Help
  1. Pick one photograph of yourself as a child that you especially like, frame it and put it where you can see it often. If you don't have a picture and cannot get one from family or relatives, try drawing a picture of yourself as a child. Don't worry about its being a "good picture." It may be better to let your inner child draw a child's drawing. If it fits, put it on your refrigerator.
  2. If you have children, this is a good time to renew your relationship with them and to plan some activities that allow you to be a child along with them. If you don't have children, or if you have some extra time, consider volunteering at a daycare center or school and let yourself enjoy childhood from your new vantage point. Use your time with children to let your inner child come out and express itself through the activities of a healthy childhood drawing, telling and listening to stories, playing games and singing songs. Enjoy this inner child and reclaim it as an important part of who you are today.
  3. At ASCA meetings, share how you are trying to nurture your inner child.
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