We all want our children to grow into healthy, happy and productive adults.

We want them to be :

  • Respectful & caring
  • Responsible
  • Emotionally competent
  • Motivated in school
  • Successful
  • Self-reliant
  • Resilient

… to be able to cope with life’s challenges and live peaceful and fulfilled lives.

The key question is, how can we achieve this…

Research is documenting that authentic self-esteem in tightly connected with positive personal qualities:

  • Competence & Creativity
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Leadership & Social Skills
  • Willingnes to Take Risks
  • Resiliency & Self-reliance

While the lack of self-esteem has been found to be closely associated with:

  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • truancy
  • teenage pregnancy
  • school drop-out rate
  • juvenile delinquency

Defensive mechanisms in students with low self-esteem include:

  • Rebelling, resisting, defying or retailing
  • Discounting, teasing or belittling others
  • Lying, cheating or copying
  • Blaming others when things don’t go right
  • Failing to take responsibility for their actions
  • Bullying or threatening others
  • Withdrawing, being shy or daydreaming
  • Engaging in forms of escape, including tardiness, truancy or drug or alcohol dependency