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If you look at the list of top ten teen sins, you see that the basic cause is peer pressure. But why are kids so susceptible to peer pressure? It seems that they want to be accepted by their social group so bad that they’ll do anything…including violate their own moral, ethical, and faith boundaries. That my friends is called low self-worth. But where on earth does that come from? Listen in this week as the boys discuss the origins of low self-esteem in our kids.
Links to information discussed in the show:
Wisdom of the Crowd
This episode on YouTube
Contributing Factors to Low Self Esteem:
1. Overly Critical Parents
2. Uninvolved Parents
3. Fighting Parents
4. If a kid fails to meet (peer, educational or parental) standards
5. Being bullied
6. Difficulty with acdemics
1. Loving marriage that models healthy conflict
2. Consistent boundaries and consequences
3. Healthy supervision
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Take a Seat on the Couch:
If this episode hits home for you. If you believe you and your family struggle with this particular area, read below for next steps for you and your family:
1. Understand that you reveal your own self-esteem to your kids through your interactions with them.
2. Aim for a secure attachment with your child. Make sure your child knows that you love him, and more importantly feels loved by you.
3. Apologize to your child; this is a great way to show that you're not perfect in order for your child to not "freak out" due to her own failures / shortcomings.
4. If you'd like more help in this area, contact Jimmy and Josh at The Timothy Center. Just go to www.timothycenter.com.