While most parents know that helping their child build self-esteem is important, few have a clear understanding of how to go about it. Youngs, a former teacher, identifies the six vital ingredients of self- esteem as physical safety, emotional security, identity, affiliation, competence, and mission. She uses charts, examples, and vignettes to assist parents. She outlines useful problem-solving techniques and provides realistic expectations for various ages. She also includes organizations and suggested readings. Despite being a bit wordy, her book is a good addition to parenting collections.-- Annette V. Janes, Hamilton P.L., Mass.