chapter  30
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Self-Esteem: David R. Miller, Philip J. Henry

ByDavid R. Miller Philip J. Henry

Children enter this world with a mixed bag of self-esteem. From one perspective, the child is king of the universe, with all things revolving around him or her and all things created for his or her own sole enjoyment. Children are egocentric to a fault. A child may say things like, “Why is the moon following us?” and “I’m so glad God made it sunny for my birthday party.” At the same time, though, the child feels incredibly frustrated because his or her short stature and limited knowledge makes him or her feel inferior to just about everyone else. Add to this conflicted mix the varying role and influence of parents and their individual personalities and upbringing, the role of siblings and other family members, and the general environment, and we can see that self-esteem, like children, will come in all shapes and sizes.