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Building Children’s Self-esteem Seminar - Tuesday 7.00-8.30pm 17 Oct 2017

Following on from our 2016-17 seminar on ‘Raising Resilient Children’ we booked Anita Cleare from The Positive Parenting Project, to take us forward with this very important topic.

 

Linked to resilience is children’s self-esteem which we know is really important for children. Thinking and believing good things about yourself lies at the heart of self-belief and self-confidence. Children with low self-esteem are often reluctant to try new things and tend to give up easily in the face of challenge. Children’s self-esteem can be influenced by feeling valued, having their achievements recognised and hearing good things about themselves – but is it possible to praise children too much? And what can parents do in the face of persistent negative thinking?

 

The seminar examined the links between pessimism and self-esteem and the role of boundaries, goals and focused praise and attention in fostering good self-esteem. Together we discussed practical strategies for:

 

  • Encouraging a growth mindset
  • Prompting goal-setting
  • Valuing effort and achievement
  • Encouraging optimism
  • Challenging negative thinking
  • Helping children to express ideas and make decisions
  • Appreciating difference and uniqueness

 

This seminar was for anyone with children wanting to be proactive rather than waiting until there is a problem. Thought-provoking, with lots of opportunities for questions and discussions, this seminar was extremely well-received. Anita comes highly recommended (see website link): https://www.anitacleare.co.uk/thinking-parenting/

 

Anita does not give out handouts from her slides but points people in the direction of her blog for advice on specific matters.

 

Useful articles

General

Ground rules: catch them being good (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/ground-rules-catch-them-being-good/)

Making reward charts work (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/making-reward-charts-work/)

The secret of calm parenting (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/the-secret-of-calm-parenting/)

Good Cop / Bad Cop Parenting (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/good-cop-bad-cop-parenting/)

Sibling Conflict: a survival guide (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/sibling-conflict-a-survival-guide-for-parents/)

Building a good relationship with your child (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/building-a-good-relationship-with-your-child/)

 

Working parents

Making the most of time with your children (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/making-the-most-of-time-with-your-children/)

Finding work-life balance: stop juggling, start living (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/finding-work-life-balance-stop-juggling-start-living/)

Morning meltdowns: time for a rethink? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/morning-meltdowns/)

 

Education/child development

101 ideas for supporting your child’s development (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/supporting-your-childs-development/)

20 ideas to boost reading skills (without reading books) (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/20-ideas-to-boost-childrens-reading/)

How do I stop the nighty homework fights? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/how-do-i-stop-the-nightly-homework-fights/)

Balancing homework and self-esteem (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/self-esteem-homework/)

School ‘readiness’ skills for pre-schoolers (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/school-readiness-skills-preschoolers/)

 

Babies

Preparing your child for a new baby (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/preparing-your-child-for-a-new-baby/)

Books for preparing toddlers for new babies (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/books-preparing-toddlers-for-new-babies/)

The Psychology of Babies (Lynne Murray) (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/psychology-babies-lynne-murray/)

Life After Birth (Kate Figes) (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/life-after-birth-by-kate-figes/)

 

Toddlers/Preschoolers

Toddler food battles (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/toddler-food-battles-seven-steps-to-stress-free-mealtimes/)

Separation anxiety (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/separation-anxiety/)

Books for talking to children about emotions (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/books-talking-children-emotions/)

Best books for raising empathetic boys (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/best-books-raising-empathetic-boys/)

 

Single parenting

Helping children through divorce and separation (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/helping-children-through-divorce/)

When parents disagree about parenting (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/when-parents-disagree/)

Introducing a new partner (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/introducing-a-new-partner-to-your-children/)

 

Resilience

How to help your child have a positive body image (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/positive-body-image/)

Helping children cope with change (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/helping-children-cope-with-change/)

Teaching children problem-solving skills (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/teaching-children-problem-solving-skills/)

Teaching optimism (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/parents-teaching-optimism/)

Anxious children: where to find help (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/anxious-children-find-help/)

Talking to children about sex, bodies and relationships (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/talking-to-children-about-sex/)

Bullying: where to find help (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/bullying-find-help/)

Building children’s self-esteem (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/building-childrens-self-esteem/)

 

Dads

Best parenting websites for dads (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/best-parenting-websites-for-dads/)

 

Teens (and tweens)

Using a Behaviour Contract with Teenagers (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/using-behaviour-contract-with-teenagers/)

Communicating with teenagers: top tips (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/communicating-with-teenagers/)

How do I cope with teenage tantrums? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/how-do-i-cope-with-teenage-tantrums/)

Parenting teenagers without conflict (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/parenting-teenagers-without-conflict/)

Is your child ready to stay home alone? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/home-alone/)

Teenagers’ bedrooms: how messy is too messy? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/teenagers-bedrooms-messy/)

Fun family activities to tear teens away from tech (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/fun-family-activities-for-teens/)

Best parenting websites for teenagers and tweens (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/best-parenting-websites-for-teenagers/)

Teaching teens self-organisation skills (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/teaching-teens-self-organisation-skills/)

Parenting teenagers: how much freedom at what age? (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/parenting-teenagers-how-much-freedom/)

Top tips for successful family meetings (http://www.anitacleare.co.uk/family-meetings-top-tips/)

 

 

 

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