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Posted May 23, 2012
Kuhns is a genius! What an awkward subject children’s self-esteem can be to discuss with a child. How on earth are you supposed to help them feel better about themselves without first pointing out that how they are acting and perceiving is worrisome to you? I tried with my son but he just felt bad when I talked to him about it and acted like I was scolding him!
I ran across Kuhns’ pretty book in a pediatrician’s office and was impressed. I went out and bought it immediately after just glancing through it. This time I had my husband read it to him so I didn’t look like I was all over him about it. I don’t know how it happened but the next day he was very interested in combing his hair and picking out clothing for school which has always been a fight for us. He has never liked school much and, in the morning, clothing and hygiene are low on the list of things my son does well on his own.
About a week later my son came to me and just busted out with one bit of truth I never expected to hear. He told me it made him feel bad when he was late to school and could we please be on time. Now, I don’t consider myself a “running late” person, but I do get behind schedule sometimes when I need to drop him off. I never knew it was affecting him so much! It’s been 3 months now and I make sure to get him to class on time every day and he has literally become a different person. He gets up in the morning with no fight and has started bringing friends home. I owe my morning sanity to Kuhns’ book and, through my son, he has taught me more about self-esteem for children than I knew existed! This book ROCKS.