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This week we look at Asset #38, Self-Esteem. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they have high self-esteem.” Nationally, only 52 percent of youth feel like they have this Asset in their lives.
The funny thing is when we mention the words self-esteem, there’s almost an audible groan. There’s nothing wrong with having self-esteem, but when you don’t have it, a lot seems to go wrong.
I can recall a story in the news about a school that posted signs in the restrooms that said something like. “You are wonderful.” It was a bit overboard at the time, but the truth is, it was probably meant for all of those kids that never get to hear it anywhere else.
I worked with a school once that took the time to recognize every student for an achievement during the course of the year. Some parents found the idea ridiculous, but at least those kids would have an award to hang on the fridge or frame on the wall.
Self-esteem doesn’t mean looking perfect, making great grades or being a super athlete. It does mean being recognized for something you do well or for just doing a good job. All youth need to feel competent about something they do.
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