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Why Praise is Important for Children

By JustMommies staff

How much praise we give to children is a growing debate in the United States. There are some who say too much praise will give kids a false sense of reality, an inflated ego, or a pride complex. In places like China, praise is so rare it is a cultural taboo. However, withholding praise to children can
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Signs of Low Self-Esteem in Kids

You love your kids with all of your heart and when they struggle with loving themselves, it's heartbreaking to watch. Low self-esteem in kids is common, but that doesn't make it any less painful, or serious. Kids suffer from low self-esteem for many reasons, ranging from bullying to emotional issues
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How to Raise a Self-Confident Child

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum

We all want responsible, caring, healthy, happy children. Add any number of positive adjectives to the list, and we want it for our kids. The job of raising highly conscious children is not always an easy one. Here are some ways in which your family can progress in the area of consciousness-raising.
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Mommy does this make me look fat?

By Jan Fulcher

Parenting language that promotes healthy body images. Constructed on a 5 foot 1 inch frame, my husband thinks even that is a stretch, my body image has been a work- in- progress for most of my 53 years. While I was raised by parents who encouraged me to not be limited based on my gender, size or body
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Crybaby: Is Your Child Too Sensitive?

By Nancy Da Silva

Teasing is usually a normal part of childhood. Some of it can be good natured ribbing between friends and some of it can also be down right cruel. We all remember those nasty days of bullies in the schoolyard, of people who seem to get their jollies by putting us down and if they brought us to tears?
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"Mom, Am I Fat?"

By Abigail H. Natenshon

Conversations That Could Save Your Child's Life Your child’s room is strewn with clothing as she searches desperately for something to wear that “looks decent.” As the piles become heaps, still nothing looks good enough. She peers into the mirror and sees only that her physical appearance does
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Parental Influence Takes Precedence Over Barbie and the Media

By Abigail H. Natenshon

Walk down the corridor of any junior high or high school today, and you are bound to see clusters of stick-thin youngsters “sprayed” into skin-tight clothing, some showing the skin of a pancake-flat belly; their shoes elevate them high off the ground in an effort to accentuate the very long, very
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Improving Your Child's Body Image

By JustMommies staff

Just sit and watch the television for a little while and it would appear that everyone has a flawless complexion and a perfect body. Our children are seeing images of men and women that spend countless hours working out and spend who knows how much on plastic surgery to look as good as they do. Not to
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