What is a parent’s job? Robert Ramsey, in his book 501 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem, thinks it is to “help them experience success, make mistakes without shame, and grow up proud of who they are”. So how do you do that?
His neatly packaged little book gives 501 practical ways to help your children build pride in themselves and their capabilities. Don’t be mistaken, this book is not just for the child who suffers from lack of self-esteem, any child could benefit from some positive reinforcement! Broken down into five age groups (Getting started, Primary grades, Intermediate, Middle school/Junior High and High school) there are plenty of little ways to help your child develop, as Ramsey states, “No parent can do everything right, but any parent can do lots of right things..”
Some Little Things to do Right:
#39 (Getting started) – Appreciate a dandelion bouquet if you’re lucky enough to get one.
#121 (Primary) – Resist the temptation to say, “You’re too little to understand.”
#290 (Intermediate) – Let your child help decide where to plant the new tree in your yard.
#444 (Junior High) – Remember, it’s not inconceivable for a child to win an argument with an adult sometimes. Even an adolescent can be right once in a while.
#493 (High school) – Let your child know it’s okay not to have everything figured out. Even adults have self-doubts.
Read more in 501 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem which is available in the Family Care Office’s resource library!
Come in and check it out.