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Self-esteem

Is your child struggling with low self-esteem, self-worth, or self-confidence? As a parent, it’s tough to stand by and see our children feeling like they don’t “measure up” or can’t handle things as well as their peers seem to be able to. Kids’ self-esteem is constantly being challenged because they’re regularly faced with new things to experience, new opportunities, and new tasks to deal with. Their self-esteem, their sense of “I can handle it,” is constantly being put to the test.

Teaching kids to master the skills to solve their problems effectively builds their sense of self-esteem as well as their life skills. Below you’ll find our suggested articles that will help you get started in helping kids learn how to master the life-skills needed to build self-esteem.

Low Self-esteem in Kids, Part I: Forget What You've Heard—It's a Myth

Low Self-esteem in Kids Part II: 3 Ways to Help Your Child Now

How to Build Self-esteem in Children and Teens

Something I’ve learned as a therapist and a mom is that you cannot “fix” your child’s self-esteem as a parent—though many of us make ourselves crazy trying to do just that. It’s hard to see our kids acting out and giving up because of insecurities, so we wrack our brains trying... Read more »

How to Motivate Teenagers, Part 2

In the first part of “How to Motivate Teenagers,” Josh Shipp, teen communication expert and author of the Identity Program, explained the secret of giving your child the “why” of doing things. In Part 2 of this series, Josh tells you what to say—and what not to say—when talking to your unmotivated teen. EP: Josh, you tell parents that it’s... Read more »

How to Motivate Teenagers, Part 1

Does your teen seem completely unmotivated? For parents of teens, the refrains of, “Whatever,” and “I don’t care,” can become all too familiar. This week, Josh Shipp explains where your child’s motivation really lies—and how you can tap into it in Part 1 of “How to Motivate Teenagers.” EP: Josh, what should... Read more »