Thursday, 27 June 2013

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Biblical Books on Building Self-Esteem in Your Children





As I come to understand the needs of my nephew JN, I come to realize the importance of building self-esteem in children - this is a much more important parenting goal as parents, guardians of children and teachers.

I have focused a lot on academic, on Montessori, on fun and educational activities - all well and good, and I am not about to give up on those yet.

But it is so important, and perhaps even more important, to focus on life skills. One of the most important is having a healthy self-esteem.

My goal is to bring up emotionally whole and healthy children. I think the basic ingredient is to have a healthy self-esteem - not thinking too highly of oneself, neither thinking too lowly of oneself.

Yet, I don't know how to start, nor where to begin... searching on blogs have so far not yield good results. But it is an urgent need.

Since I was young, I have been a book person, and God has taught me so much of His wisdom through the books He brought along my path. (In fact, growing up in a Chinese-speaking family and struggling with English in school, I mastered my English proficiency by reading the Bible. It hasn't had the same results for my Danish though.)

Now as a parent, I am turning to books again on this difficult task of building self-esteem of children. The road ahead is winding and bumpy. I will no doubt fail again. But I will hope in the Lord to make progress one step at a time.

The question is how am I going to find time? We all need to do the right things and not just do things right. But I know that the Lord will provide as I learn to entrust my life challenges to Him, quietening down myself to enter into His presence and seek Him.

It is such a privilege to be a parent, the hardest career I ever will have. Yet time is moving so fast. I sense the urgency of it. I am going to give my very best shot. And I pray that you too will find joy and fulfillment in being the best parent you can be.

Here are the books that I hope to be digging into:

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