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If you don't hit your child, could you explain what it is you do to instill self-discipline in them?

If you don't hit your child, could you explain what it is you do to instill self-discipline in them?

Hits only hits back: Hitting a child only really gives a child the message that there are appropriate times for a person to hit another person - and that is not a message you want to teach your child, as they will experiment as to whether certain situations are the "right ones to hit at". If mommy can hit someone she loves, then "i can hit my friend". Telling them it's wrong and then leaving them alone will sink in. ...Read more

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What factors affect a child's self-esteem?

What factors affect a child's self-esteem?

Self-esteem: Several, such as achievement, insecurity, mood, motivation, confidence, self-image, communication, parenting, illness, support system, etc. ...Read more

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Why do some kids engage in self-destructive behaviors?

Why do some kids engage in self-destructive behaviors?

Many answers: Insecurity. A desire to make a statement. A cry for help. Fun. Bad judgement. There are nearly as many reasons as there are children. ...Read more

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Is there something similar to self harm in kids?

Is there something similar to self harm in kids?

Yes: Kids can indeed do self-injurious things like adults can. Child psychiatrists can help. Your primary care doctor can be a place to start, but full evaluation & treatment would be best with a child psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. ...Read more

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How would know if my gifted child has healthy self-esteem?

How would   know if my gifted child has healthy self-esteem?

Identifies strengths: A child with healthy self-esteem is able to identify their strengths. Look at how they think others view them, we often project our beliefs onto others. Children with low self-esteem may make negative self comments & are more likely to think others view them negatively. To build self-esteem, work with your child on improving their natural talents and offer praise &compliments on accomplishments. ...Read more

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Please help with lack of self confidence for my son around the us cool kids?

Please help with lack of self confidence for my son around the us cool kids?

Empower him: What makes the other kids cooler than him? Nothing really...One of the best tools i know is a success journal. Every night write 3-5 things that were successes that day. Only successes. They can be small items. And when he feels badly or needs a boost read about the successes. Help him be happy with his gifts and skills because he is cool in his own right! he needs help seeing it. ...Read more

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My child is gaining too much weight. How do I help her without causing self-esteem problems?

My child is gaining too much weight.  How do I help her without causing self-esteem problems?

Self Esteem: Try to exercise and eat healthy yourself, when we model health we are far more effective than lecturing our children. Go for walks together, and depending on her age engage in age appropriate physical activities and make sure you maintain a healthy life style as she is likely to follow your lead. Best. ...Read more

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Im takin prenatal pills to help me prepare my self im trying to get pregnant with my second child :(can yu give me any other ideas?

Im takin prenatal pills to help me prepare my self im trying to get pregnant with my second child :(can yu give me any other ideas?

Take Care of Self: Prenatal vitamins are a good start. Also lots of rest, well balanced diet, and hydration with water. Easier said then done but try and de-stress as well. Make sure and get regular exercise. Yoga, meditation are helpful. ...Read more