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Question 2 of 5: Evaluating a Youngster’s Self-Esteem

There are five questions that pertain to the evaluation of a child or adolescent’s self-esteem. It is probable that a child with low self-esteem will have difficult in more than one area addressed by these five questions.

These questions come from a downloadable guide for parents, grandparents and teachers entitled, “Improving a Youngster’s Self-Esteem.” For more information about this informative guide, go to:

James Sutton, Child and Adolescent Psychologist


Question 2 of 5: Evaluating a Youngster’s Self-Esteem


Can he handle quite a bit before he “loses it?” Can he creatively use setbacks as challenges to try even harder, or is he overly reactive to aggravation and setbacks?

It’s easy to see how the behavior of an angry youngster can bring about consequences that only create more frustration when the consequences are applied. The frustrated child finds himself in a hole that moves only in one direction … deeper, then deeper still.

If self-esteem is a container from which we manage our stress,then some folks carry buckets; others have thimbles. You can size them up easily during moments of frustration. Said another way, a low tolerance for frustration is almost always a tip-off to low self-esteem.

NEXT: Question 3 of 5: Evaluating a Youngster’s Self-Esteem


August 29, 2006 - Posted by | Difficult Child, Educators, Parents, Self-esteem

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