Self-Esteem and how it grows

Sparrow, Joshua D.
September 2005
Scholastic Parent & Child;Sep2005, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p60
The article presents guidelines for developing self-esteem among children. Parents can help their child gain self-confidence by providing unconditional love and setting realistic expectations. Learning to comfort one's self in the face of failure is the first step in building self-esteem. Parents should remind their child of what he has learned from his failures--to comfort himself and let others comfort him, to put things into perspective, to accept himself, to salvage his self-esteem with humor, and to ask for help. By knowing this, he can brace himself as he faces his challenges. INSET: A Word On Overpraising.


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