- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 1, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385040202
- ISBN-13: 978-0385040204
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Child's Self-Esteem Paperback – June 15, 1988
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What parents say:
"At last a book that tells HOW. So lucid and specific. Gives parents confidence."
"Have not found anything like it in print...this is IT."
"A gold mine--a treasure. Only wish I'd has this book earlier."
What professionals and reviewers say:
"A practical book of significant family helpfulness."
-- Los Angeles Times
"One of the best books on child guidance...simple, practical, and consistently constructive in handling the innumerable questions that arise in any family."
--Dr. Paul Popenoe, Family Life
"Appropriate advice for all human relationships."
--The Circulator (National YMCA)
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guidelines for raising responsible, productive, happy children. Self-image is your child's most important characteristic. How to help create strong feelings of self-worth is the central challenge for every parent and teacher. The formula for how is spelled out in Your Child's Self-Esteem.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa and other honoraries, Dorothy Corkille Briggs has worked as a teacher of both children and adults; dean of girls; school psychologist; and marriage, family and child counselor during the last twenty-five years. Since 1958 she has taught parent-education courses and training in communication and resolution of conflicts.
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My son is now 20 and we continue to enjoy a positive, mutually respectful and loving relationship where we both truly enjoy each other's company. He has healthy friendships and relationships and is doing well. Of course the book isn't the source of all of that, but I feel it really helped me to be the best parent I can be.
If you want to raise obedient kids who follow your orders without question -- this is not the book for you. Similarly, if you want to be your kids' best friend and spoil them rotten -- then forget it. Instead, this book shows you how to walk a middle ground where, by showing your children respect, they will learn to respect themselves and their parents.
Yes - the section on homosexuality is comically out of date - but don't disregard the rest of the book's wisdom because of a few paragraphs of nonsense.
So many of our children's peers will get involved with drugs, alcohol, premarital sex, and God knows what else. As parents - the most powerful survival tool we can give our kids is a sense of self-esteem.
They also noted, as an aside, that she was remarkably well adjusted for someone with her multiple and complex learning disabilities.
Julia is 24 now, a university senior majoring in environmental science, with a 3.75 GPA.
The strong sense of self, of her innate value, which counselors noted even when her future as an independent adult looked completely out of the question, I credit to the fact that I read this book while Julia was still tumbling around in amniotic fluid.
My primary goal with my daughter was to be sure she had a strong senese of her self and her innate value as a human being -- a goal solely and entirely inspired by this book! Because her self esteem was strong, she attacked the challenges of her life with confidence and implacable determination, and won.
My daughter has become a cheerful, unique, self-referring and self reliant adult, and I credit her success to two things: the ideas I got from this book, and my daughter's on powerful will and determination, fueled by the confidence Your Child's Self Esteem gave this parent!
While Ms. Briggs, writing back in the 70's, might not have been terribly politically correct in her discussion of homosexuality (page 144, mentioned in other reviews -- I've actually forgotten what was said), I think we're all adult enough to take what she says, remember when she said it, and filter those ideas through our own value systems to make correct choices. That's a lot of what her book is about, after all!
And, please don't throw the baby out with the bath water..... Regarding the 'alternate' lifestyle information the book discusses, I always suggest the reader glean what is appropriate for their family values, and disregard the rest.