Join Date: Jul 2004
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Our dd had very poor self esteem last year when she was five, it's a hard time to go through I read 101 Ways to Improve your Girls Self Esteem - it was fantastic a real reference book which I will use again and again, other books was Gael Lindenfield's Confident Children, Steve Bippulph's The Secret of Happy Children. Basically what I noticed was that the kids start comparing themselves to others at this age, they notice hair difference/colour, skin, body shapes etc, what worked for us hugely was finding a sport that dd excelled at, something that she was good at that none in her entourage were, also getting her away from influences that inhibited her from being herself, giving her the courage and tools to do what she wants to do and not necessarily follow the crowd, that sort of thing is not easy at that age, this year she is a different child. Reading and doing the workshop from How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber Mazlish - especially the encouraging autonomy part is really helpful as well.
ewe + dh = our little lambs + we and have many just : and : life .