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Self-Esteem Introduction

Kathryn Patricelli, MA, edited by Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.

This center focuses on the building and maintaining of healthy self-esteem in children and adults.

happy woman with two childrenIn the first chapter, we look at a general overview of self-esteem including what it is, things you can do to improve self-esteem and changing negative thoughts.

The second chapter is an extensive look at building children's self-esteem, particularly in the middle childhood years (ages 8-11). These years are very exciting, filled with many changes and some challenges as well. Children are developing their own style, their own social life, and their own schedule. They are starting to assert their own beliefs and to express their feelings. During this time parents will find many opportunities to influence children's developing character, and in so doing, lay down a strong foundation that will support children throughout the rest of their lives. Though they are growing more independent each day, children continue to rely upon their parents for sustenance, coaching and guidance, limit setting, comfort and approval. Children won't always appreciate parent's efforts, but they remain vital nevertheless.

This chapter of material describes practical ways parents can provide children with the love and nurturance their continued healthy development requires. We start with a discussion of self-esteem; what it is and why it is important. Following from the importance of healthy self-esteem, we go on to discuss specific steps parents can take to foster children's positive self-esteem and self-image.

We hope you will find these chapters helpful and educational.

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