Unconditional self-esteem: key to a child’s health

Alfie Kohn in The Myth of the Spoiled Child makes an argument that I’ve found to be true: High self-esteem is beneficial, but that even more desirable is unconditional self-esteem: a solid core of belief in yourself, an abiding sense that you’re competent and worthwhile — even when you screw up or fall short. In other words, the very unconditionality that seems to fuel attacks on participation trophies and the whole “self-esteem movement” turns out to be a defining feature of psychological health. It’s precisely what we should be helping our children to acquire.04TROPHYweb-master495

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