Raising Your Child's Inner Self-esteem: The Authoritative Guide from Infancy Through the Teen Years

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Plenum Press, 1995 - Child rearing - 355 pages
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This invaluable guide is designed to help parents and counselors build self-esteem in children from infancy through adolescence, fortifying them with a healthy sense of self-esteem for the rest of their lives. Whereas some professionals are content to teach parents about building only outer self-esteem, as in parents unconditionally praising the children, Dr. Owens believes it is also essential to bolster a child's inner self-esteem. This way a child feels good from within, knows objectively that he's doing a good job, and is not solely dependent on the praise of others. While Dr. Owens believes strongly that parents must give children unconditional love, she is well aware that the world can be a harsh and difficult place. Therefore, she shows that the best gift a parent can give one's children is the tools to acquire the skills and behavior that will enable them to feel good about themselves - from within. This unique book imparts vital information on how parents can instill a sense of pride in their child each step of the way as the child's mind grows in perception and logic. Dr. Owens explains what behavior to expect from children at each developmental stage. She also supplies ample questionnaires so parents can determine the state of their children's sense of self-esteem. Most important, she wisely recognizes the needs of special groups of children. She thus offers specific advice for boosting the self-esteem of children who are shy, aggressive, unpopular, learning disabled, or gifted, as well as adopted children, only children, and children of working mothers, divorced parents, step-families, single parents, and same-sex parents.

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Contents

Introduction
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Multidimensional SelfEsteem
8
Laying the Foundations for Inner
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About the author (1995)

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891), French painter extraordinaire, once commented, "If I had not been a painter, I should have liked to be an historian. I don't think any other subject could be so interesting as history." Substituting professor for painter summarizes my sentiments as well. My interest in history and biography began several decades ago and the last several years have been consolidating my researching and reading - culminating into these recent works: Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth: The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-Hungary (McFarland Publishing), They Changed The World, and In Pursuit of Dreams: Extraordinary Women of Achievement. Prior to writing these books, as a professor of developmental psychology and visiting lecturer in England, my published works have included authoring college textbooks, The World of the Child (Macmillan) and Child and Adolescent Development (Wadsworth). My research interests in self-esteem and children's learning styles have resulted in two works, Raising Your Child's Inner Self-Esteem (Plenum) and Critical Thinking (Kendall/Hunt). Interest in children and parenting lead me to create a research-based website on helping parents tackle today's parenting issues: Theeducatedparent.net. My most current writing adventure is on the fascinating lives of the core Impressionists - Manet, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and Renoir: The Impressionists' Corner at Cafe Guerbois.

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