Entries in the Category 'Self-esteem'

10 things your kids really want from you

September 28th, 2011 / No Comments

Your child may say he wants those $200 pair of Nikes, but what he really wants from you is not what money can buy. What children need is not more stuff that fills space, but the kind of stuff that fulfills their emotional needs, the space in their hearts. Ask a child what he wants […]

Comparing Hong Kong moms and Chicago moms

March 8th, 2011 / 2 Comments

I came across this vid of Katie Couric interviewing author Ashley Merryman and parenting blogger Liz Gumbinner about controversial parenting approaches uncovered by Tiger Mom Amy Chua. Don’t worry, the interview is not only about Tiger Mom and her berating methods. That horse has been beaten enough. What I found interesting was Ashley Merryman talks […]

Dealing with difficult tween years

July 8th, 2009 / 3 Comments

A parent asked me, “My 11-year-old is disrespectful, talks back to us, and unmotivated in school. We’ve tried talking to her, giving her rewards and punishment, nothing seems to work. What should we do?” My son also had a difficult time when he was 11, just going into middle school. I’ve talked to several parents […]

Building our child’s self-esteem

November 21st, 2008 / 1 Comment

A 3rd grade boy was hating school. That’s not unusual, except that he used to like school. What happened? The child has gotten good grades throughout his short academic career…up until this year. He is struggling in one subject. His nemesis is Math. Now he is depressed, he is frustrated, he doesn’t want to go […]

Is the fashion industry sexualizing our girls?

October 20th, 2008 / 4 Comments

Do you love to shop?? Duh, that’s a rhetorical question! My daughter loves to go to the mall – Hollister, Anchor Blue, Forever 21 – you know, all those stores with the cute teen fashions. After a while, they all look the same to me! Have you noticed that the sizes offered are very small? […]

Standing up for your beliefs

October 17th, 2008 / 4 Comments

A female caller to the radio talk show today asked the host, “I’m a virgin and I’m 24 years old. I’m probably the only one! Should I continue to hold out?” The host answered facetiously, ” Yes, you’re probably the only one.” Then she added seriously, “And Yes, you should hold out.” Even if the […]

Building your child’s self-esteem

October 2nd, 2008 / 4 Comments

We’ve often heard it said that a child’s self-esteem affects the choices he makes. It takes a strong self-esteem to say No to drugs, No to sex, No to peer pressure. Kids need confidence to stand up to the bully, to do what is right when it’s unpopular, and to reach high goals. What can […]