Tween Academy – Tweens and Self-Esteem Wrap Up

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Last week I had the pleasure of being on a panel for a Tween Academy chat at The Motherhood along with 5 other amazing bloggers and our awesome host Rosalind Weisman, author New York Times bestseller, Queen Bees and Wannabees.  It was so great to talk with other moms who are struggling with how to encourage their tweens and teens in order to help them develop strong self-esteem.  Sometimes as parents we feel as if we are the only ones with certain problems and having chats like this helps us all share our ideas, solutions and remids us that we are in fact not alone.

In case you missed it here are a brief recap

How can we help foster self esteem in our children?

  • Reinforce what makes them unique
  • Be unwavering in your support
  • Be a good role model. Rosalind Wiseman made the point that demonstrating high self-esteem is the best way to help our kids develop confidence.
How do you handle self esteem with different siblings?
I would focus on specific things the older one is doing that you can point to as doing better – including how hard something was for him and now is incrementally better,” replied Rosalind Wiseman. “And our kids know us too well – if you have other children that are doing well, don’t lavish the praise on them or compare them, obviously, but don’t go the other extreme either, because that makes it even worse.”
“Everyone has different talents,” Jenn at Frugal Upstate pointed out. “As my mother in law says, ‘If we were all good at the same things, what a boring world it would be.’”
How can you help your child fit in and make friends?
Encourage your kids to have close friends with similar interests as they do.  If you try to be friends with someone who is nothing like you, it can be tough on teens as they try to figure out where they belong.  If they are being teased or excluded, maybe it’s because that activity is not for them, find something they enjoy and encourage participation in that activity.  “What you’re looking for is for your children to have at least one strong friendship and friends they are developing around their interests,” recommended Rosalind Wiseman.
Other topics that were discussed were how to help tweens develop interests, some great books about tweens and self esteem, the importance of praise and unconditional love.  To see more details on the topics I mentioned here be sure to check out the full recap at The Motherhood.  There is a lot of great information you don’t want to miss!
This chat was the fourth and final in the Tween Academy series sponsored by Unilever and hosted on The Motherhood. If you would like to catch up on what you missed here are the links to the previous sessions
Don’t forget to visit Don’t Fret the Sweat on Facebook -!/DontFretTheSweat for more discussions and helpful tips for you and your tweens.

Unilever Prize Pack Giveaway!

As part of this campaign I have an awesome Unilever gift pack to giveaway! The prize pack you see below includes a cute Vera Bradley Tote, one sample each of Dove, Degree Girl and Degree Men deodorant; and Rosalind Wiseman’s books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials.
To enter follow the Rafflecopter instructions below! Good luck!
This giveaway will end at 12:01 am EST on Thursday October 27, 2011, winner will be chosen from valid entries through Rafflecopter’s random selection.

Disclosure ~ I was compensated for my participation in this Unilever Tween Academy Chat. I also received an identical gift pack for myself.


11 Responses to Tween Academy – Tweens and Self-Esteem Wrap Up

  1. My son enjoys playing sports and that helps him have better self esteem.
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  2. In my house, I only have 1 (of the 6) with self-esteem issues. She is 17 so it comes with the territory. She loves to draw and she’s darn good at it if I do say so myself. I often frame and hang her artwork. It’s frame-worthy for certain and it brings her much pride!
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  3. Susan says:

    my daughter is on the basketball team!

  4. Great tips – I always find the best advice on kids (toddlers to teens) come from fellow Moms!
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  5. Sadie says:

    My kids have a reading club at school. They read extra books and have a huge list of things they have read.

  6. diane says:

    My kids are on swim team too! But, I think tennis is what really gives them confidence. They aren’t very fast swimmers compared to the rest of their team mates but boy do they get lots of exercise!

  7. jeannine m says:

    She sings in chorus

  8. Jennifer Marie says:

    My son takes something to school for show and tell and he enjoys speaking about the item. It gives him confidence to speak in front of an audience.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I think having a hobby/creative activity can build self-esteem.

  10. Helen says:

    The kids love music and enjoy playing the piano.

  11. Julie L says:

    my daughters loves animals and is a volunteer at our local humane society thanks

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