Have you ever desired recognition from a person or institution, only to be ignored or shunned? Yes, I know the feeling. Whether in romance, career, or some other area of life being seen, acknowledged, and responded to (especially with affirmation), is an important aspect to how we relate.
But let us not rely on the affirmation of others to realize the value we all have inherently. The simple fact that we are alive must be seen as a gift if we are to not devolve into some form of value measuring society, where only the able and producing are seen, acknowledged, and responded to.
If we are to truly affirm the gift of life in the way that many of us desire to be affirmed, then it must be done so with the least of us. The children. Such that they grow up with a healthy understanding of the inherent value of their own life that no one can ever take away.