"I’d Build Self-Esteem First"
“If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging."
- Diane Loomans
Build Core Confidence
Mac Stider of BetterParenting.com feels building core confidence in your child is the number one parenting skill. By mastering this skill, you can raise a child who is completely independent, self-sustaining and able to strive to fulfill his or her dreams. Confidence building begins during the first five years of life. Nurture a “can do” attitude, teach your child to persist and not quit, and to find creative solutions to solve problems. Create an environment where overcoming attainable challenges is a way of life. Persistence and will power are the key elements to achieving core confidence.Photo: Getty Images