Keys to Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem
By Carl E. Pickhardt
Review by Allison Martin
The book Keys to Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem discusses
the theory of self-esteem in children and and its application. General
guidelines are presented for parents interested in this topic. Author
Carl Pickhardt explains how self esteem develops, as well as the factors
that influence a child's self image, such as competency and parental encouragement.
He takes a formal look at self esteem in children in a variety of circumstances
- for example, during childhood and adolescence and in children with ADHD,
depression or involved in substance abuse.
Examples of appropriate and harmful parental behavior that can influence
self esteem are an key focus of this book. For instance, parents are urged
to encourage creativity rather than blind conformity, and to use criticism
cautiously while encouraging self reliance. Many issues related to a child's
self esteem, such as parental self-esteem, grades, peers and money, are
addressed. Keys to Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem is a useful
book for those who are looking for an introduction to the topic of self
esteem in children.
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