Hello all! I thought you might enjoy this quote from Dr. Popkin's parenting challenge for the week. It's about building a child's self worth:
"Separate your child’s worth from his or her accomplishments. A child’s worth does not depend on what the child does, but on who he or she is. You can admire your child’s accomplishments, but make it clear that you love your child for himself or herself. Put your emphasis on supporting your child’s activities, not just praising the results of those activities. Encourage your child while he or she is doing something, instead of after the task is completed. And de-emphasize competition, since research clearly indicates that cooperation is more productive. The appropriate person for a child to compete with is himself or herself.
Dr. Michael Popkin is hosting a free, on-line, parenting seminar on Monday, August 31 at 1pm ET. To register, visit http://www.realparentsrealanswers.com/