Throw Out the Gold Stars
When I began raising my daughters I was a proponent for the support of self-esteem development to the point of keeping them from situations that could be disappointing. They received gold stars for making the bed, brushing their hair, being nice to each other. Bad idea. I am still a believer that self-esteem matters, but my view has changed on how to be supportive, especially now that we are living in a world where everyone, even even your child, is plugged in.
Kimberly at Sperk*