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Raising Self-Esteem in Children
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Situation:  A concerned husband and wife brought two teenagers in for counseling. 15 year old Lila was overweight and cowered when she spoke, her eyes filling with tears. She goes to school with a group of bullies who have hit her, stolen her backpack, and, vandalized her locker.  The mental cruelty transcends the physical mistreatment.  They call her ugly …

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Situation:
28 year old Jenna is embarrassed and ashamed of her ample figure.  Her self-consciousness kills her libido.  Her non-existent sex drive battles with her husband’s normal and natural passions.  He begs and pleads almost every night and eventually, she gives in, but that is less than once a month.  He suffers disappointment, frustration and even desperation about this situation.  She tried a …

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Situation:  A middle aged woman presented her problem.  “I didn’t sleep at all last night. None of my five children (aged 12 to 20) remembered Mother’s day, not a single card, not a gift, not even any help with making dinner.   I felt depressed all day.  I felt ashamed if they noticed I was depressed.   I felt hurt if they didn’t notice …

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Situation:
40 year-old Brian is x- military father of three children.  He feels teasing drives kids to do their household jobs, is a normal part of family life, and demonstrates affection.  He believes his children are tougher and work harder than any of their friends because of his motivational style. He says,   “Get going, move it, you are acting like a little girl, a little wussy”.
Thoughts from Tracy Barrand MA LPC
When teasing is a form of criticism, it is never positive …

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