Build self-confidence, not “self-esteem” | Let Her Eat Dirt

After my recent diatribe about people commenting on my daughters’ appearance, some folks countered that complimenting a girl’s looks helps boost her self-esteem. Many girls have self-esteem issues, the argument goes, so praising their beauty helps give them a boost. Maybe…but I think self-confidence is much more important than self-esteem.If you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, as I did, you probably heard a fair bit about the importance of self-esteem. Reacting against the “Greatest Generation” parents who were seen as being “too hard” on their kids, a new generation of parents, educators, and supposed child-care experts emphasized high self-esteem as the key to lifelong success (whatever that means).

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Build self-confidence, not “self-esteem” | Let Her Eat Dirt

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