Boosting Self-Esteem

5 Principles of Boosting Self-Esteem

(Excerpt from: Self-Esteem for Tots to Teens, by E. Anderson)

“It has been demonstrated that a sense of self-worth is critical to learning and growing and living. Children who believe they are competent and worthy develop an “I can do it” attitude for coping with the problems and frustrations of life. Their positive concept of self helps them develop into strong, caring, responsible, compassionate human beings. On the other hand, children who are unable to view themselves as competent and worthwhile are prevented from living fulfilled and meaningful lives, and they also have difficulty helping others do the same.” (p.ix)

You can help your children develop positive self esteem by following these principles:

Listen and Acknowledge

I listen to and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings of my children.

Structure for Success

I structure the environment of my children so they will experience feelings of success, not failure.

Reasonable Control

I give my children a feeling of reasonable control over their lives.

Reinforce

I reinforce my children as lovable and capable.

Model

I model a positive view of myself to my children.

Food For Thought – Food Dyes

Over the past few years, I have heard more and more parents talking about the negative behavioral effects that certain foods such as gluten, casein (the protein in milk), soy, and eggs have on their children. One of the less known elements that may be attributed to negative behavior are artificial food dyes. In addition to having strong links to cancer and other adverse health effects, behavioral associations are also common and may include hyperactivity, tantrums, crying, moodiness, irritability, and more. I have personally met several parents who would claim this as ‘truth’ for their own children. The Center For Science in the Public Interest published the article Seeing Red today. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Agree or disagree, it is good to be in the know.

Food For Thought

Trying to create preschool-friendly lunches can be a challenge at times. Add in trying to make those same lunches healthy, appealing, variety-rich, sugar-reduced, and chemical-free, the challenge gets even bigger!

Sometimes sandwiches end up being the go-to lunch. However, with lunch meats quickly spiraling down the list of ‘healthy’ options (new research links lunch meats to possible colon cancer, high blood pressure, etc.), occasionally shaking things up with sandwich-free lunches may be something to add to the repertoire.

Check out The Kitchn for some tantalizing choices!