How to build your child’s self-esteem!

I was raised by a mom who believed in me…

Because of my mom, I know how to believe. 

Believe in myself, believe in my husband and believe in my daughter. 

I’ve written before about Emily’s self-esteem. 

Emily’s fashion choices

Karaoke
Today, I want to show you and tell you about Emily’s schoolwork. 

This first page was done at school.  

I loved her answers. 

She doesn’t believe in love at first sight, in order for a relationship to survive, you should not argue and you know your relationship is in trouble when one person quits.  
What is she looking for in her soulmate?  He needs to love dogs, the Big Bang Theory and cheerleaders. He should be tall with hazel colored eyes and love to laugh. 

Isn’t that just beautiful?

Now, the homework part. 

Emily had to define herself using this list of words.    

She read all the words and told me what they meant. Some of the words I had to explained to her. 

I had her circle the ones she felt applied to her. 

She circled 19 words. 

  1. Leader
  2. Creative
  3. Musical
  4. Funny
  5. Agreeable
  6. Honest
  7. Thoughtful
  8. Loving
  9. Family oriented
  10. Upbeat
  11. Brave
  12. Hardworking
  13. Friendly 
  14. Kind
  15. Happy
  16. Fearless 
  17. Peaceful
  18. Respectable
  19. Focused

My girl!

We needed to shorten the list and she crossed 9 off and kept her top 10.

  1. Musical
  2. Funny
  3. Honest
  4. Loving
  5. Family oriented
  6. Hardworking
  7. Friendly 
  8. Kind
  9. Happy
  10. Fearless 

We needed to define 8 and pick 5 that define her. 
 

In the end, she picked 

  1. Musical
  2. Happy
  3. Fearless
  4. Honest
  5. Funny

My girl! 

I am so proud of her!

I’ve said since day 1 that I would build Emily up so high that she would forever believe in herself. 

I think I’ve done well in her first 17 years and I promise to continue!

How do I do it?

  1. Lots of love 
  2. Tons of positive reinforcement
  3. We don’t give up or quit when it gets difficult. 
  4. We laugh a lot together and laugh at ourselves too. 
  5. We work hard
  6. We celebrate our successes, no matter how small.  

 

I can because I have cri du chat syndrome

We are trying really hard to teach Emily not to have so many electronics on at once.

Every time we go to her room we remind her to turn something off.

Tonight, Jon told Emily to turn something off as she can’t watch her laptop and a DVD at the same time.

Her answer?

“Yes I can!”

To that Jon said that was impossible.

Her answer?

“If you have cri du chat syndrome you can!”

How sweet is that!

I asked Emily about it later and she said she has special eyes because of her syndrome.

I’m pretty sure that super powers are not part of her diagnosis but it’s cute of her to say so.

Now that’s serious self-esteem.

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