Friday, July 14, 2006

Show # 10 Self Esteem

Show # 10 Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is important to everyone, but vital to kids with learning disabilities. We all have internal critics telling us we're not good enough, or we could do better- but for kids who are struggling in school, they received a double dose- nagging from parents and teachers, magnified by their own internal critic, telling them they'll just never measure up. We all carry a fair number of these scars around with us from when we were young- on today's show, we talk about just a few of these, and why it's so important to help children learn what they do well, not just point out where they can improve. I have included a clip from my favorite podcast. Mommycast, where Paige and Gretchen talk about the stress children are under to perform.

Today's song is Alison, by Hayman Hartman. My cousin, Jon is "Hartman" in Hayman Hartman, and you can listen to more of his music online by clicking here.

If you are interested in idetifying your child's strengths, I can recommend "Strengths Explorer". The Gallup Organization has developed online "testing" for children ages 10-14 and 15- 21, which helps identify areas of strength that parents and children can use to begin cultivating their natural talents.

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