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The Self-esteem Conundrum

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We all know that healthy self-esteem is linked to a child’s healthy development, well-being and achievement – but have we lost sight of how we as a community should achieve this?  Is self-esteem a Pollyanna-ish, feel-good state where every child is special and every child is a winner? In an effort for kids to feel good about themselves have we made life too easy for them; have we lost sight that self-esteem and self-confidence are linked to their capacity to achieve and overcome obstacles. Kids don’t get self-esteem from hearing a mountain of feel-good statements of ‘Well done!’, or getting ribbons and certificates for mediocre performance.  They get lasting self-esteem from significant achievement; from overcoming obstacles; and from developing the skills of self-sufficiency (no matter how small); from making their own decisions and f...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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