Supporting Self Esteem with the Truth

This is a true story of how I went about supporting self esteem for my son with the truth. We were on our way to the developmental optometrist’s office when it happened. My son Joe’s current diagnosis basically translates to “chatty, skinny boy with remarkable expressive language skills, poor visual tracking, and low muscle tone.” You might add “occasionally lacks self confidence.”  That’s really all it is. This remarkable boy has been juggling appointments and evaluations since before he was three. Since the day the nursery school director called my husband and me in to discuss “what’s going on with Joe,” he’s been tested by a neuropsychologist, a physical therapist,  auditory experts, and vision specialists. He’s benefited from Brain Gym and therapy to integrate primitive reflexes.  He’s “played” with four different OTs. I’ve dragged him to horseback riding, movement and dance classes he didn’t want to attend, and he still sees an osteopath. He is precociously savvy about the dangers…

Do You Have a Low Self Esteem Kid?

Do You Have a Low Self Esteem Kid?

Do You Have a Low Self Esteem Kid?

This blog is about what to do if you have a low self esteem kid. The self-esteem Willie gained all summer might be on the line as first grade moves close. A brand new teacher, tougher academic demands and new classmates can all assault his self-image. But Willie is not the first one to face this. Teacher says: “Punch up self-esteem! Get in Willie’s comer and help him with the following pointers.” From The Inside Out Use imagination Cultivate the imagination when kids face challenges. Don’t limit them to what’s realistic and achievable. Help them dream. World Wide Web designer and publisher Nancy Pendelton Brown advises parents to “dream with your kids, no matter how many times they change their minds!” Listen to how kids talk to themselves Since you can’t crawl inside their heads, listen to younger kids’ conversations with stuffed animals or imaginary friends, and older kids’ conversations with themselves, when they think you aren’t listening. The way…