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Depression Lifts as Self Esteem Increases, Part 2

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You see, Kathy’s social worker found out during their chat that Kathy loves to sing, but she only sings around the house. So this wise woman convinced Kathy to work on her self-esteem first by becoming involved in an activity that makes her happy. Since school would be starting soon, Kathy reluctantly promised the social worker and her mother that she’d try out for the glee club.

In preparation, for the tryouts Kathy picked an upbeat popular song and started practicing. She was amazed how singing lifted her spirits and everyone else’s in the house. Even her sarcastic, annoying older brother, who usually tells her she’s fat instead, told her she sounded great. Then her mother arranged for singing lessons. It was a group lesson, and Kathy was a little shy to go. Yet she came home from her lesson with several new friends who shared a common passion. One girl even went to her school.

After a while, Kathy felt so much better that she didn’t spend as much time sitting in front of the TV eating junk food. Besides she was too busy practicing singing with her new friends. And that junk food didn’t look as good as it used to. Without being told to diet, Kathy tried eating more of the fruits and almonds her mom kept in bowls around the kitchen for snacks. Her lips puckered at the sour taste of the Granny Smith apple, and the crunchy sweet taste of the almonds really satisfied her appetite. She started taking the dog for walks, long walks, a chore she formerly hated. Kathy has started caring about herself again.

Soon it was the first day of school. Kathy’s homeroom teacher said “Today the school is initiating a no tolerance policy for bulling and teasing. And furthermore, there will be special emphasis in each of your classes, including P. E., on the self-esteem of every student. We’ll be viewing videos and having group discussions starting today.” Kathy had to suppress a smile. She thought this is going to be a good year.

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Parents can always hope that their kids get to grow up in an environment like the one you just described. The problem is the only part they really have control over is the "parental" side of everything. This is why I'm never surprised when parents decide on where to live based on the education system there, or decide to home school their kids. A good tool that I've recently come across is the Character Ed tools to help one's child become self confident and principled. Then at least they are ready for what life gives them.

May 6, 2011 - 10:04am
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