self-esteem have the "I-can-do-it" attitude. They can tackle a tough math problem . . . or work out a spat with a friend.
Here are some simple ways you can help your children develop their self-esteem:
ù Encourage your children to join worthwhile groups with children their age. Groups such as scouts and athletic teams can offer fun, friends, and a boost in self-esteem.
ù Actively support groups your children enjoy. Attend games, concerts, plays, or other special events. Afterwards, praise--don't correct--your child's performance.
ù Find ways to help your children develop skills in many areas. Athletics, music, art, and creative writing are options.
ù Make your home open to your children's friends.
ù Avoid giving children so many jobs at home that they have little time for their friends.
ù Understand your child's unique gifts. Do not force a child to play sports if she would rather play the piano.
ù Help children show off their success. Many families use the refrigerator door as a "Hall of Fame." Others use a scrapbook to save children's best work.
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