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Raising Your Child’s Self-Esteem: Step 2

Promote Physical Fitness

Regardless of your child’s particular areas of competence, physical activity must be a part of your child’s normal routine. If your child is opposed to playing team sports, that’s okay. How about horseback riding? Or martial arts? Or bike riding? American children are more obese now than ever, and a major reason for this is an increase in sedentary activities, such as playing video and computer games and watching television. Do not give your child a choice about this issue. He may choose what kind of activity he wants to participate in, but not whether an activity is necessary.

In addition, make sure your child eats a nutritionally balanced diet. A balanced diet and regular exercise not only will give your child energy, it will also improve his appearance. All of this adds up to high self-esteem.

Check back Friday for Step 3.


Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP


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