self esteem 

Botox for 8-Year-Old Reminds Us of Beauty Messages Moms Send Their Daughters

My beloved grandmother Mary was a model in her youth, even doing a stint as the Lucky Strikes girl, appearing on the back cover of Life magazines in the '40s. She was, and, now in her 90s, still is, gorgeous and the epitome of a Southern belle. God...Who brings up the idea of giving her 8-year-old Botox? I realize -- or at least, I hope -- this isn't a common occurrence.

Sex, Drugs, Cash? College Kids Would Rather Have a Self-Esteem Boost

Studies show kids would rather be praised than have sex. Credit: Getty Images Forget about sex, booze, Red Bull or cash. College kids are happiest when they're getting good old-fashioned ego boosts. Two new studies conducted by...Toga parties and keg stands? Nope, college kids just want healthy shot of self-esteem.

Getting Real About Body Image

Is maintaining a positive body image even possible anymore? Image: sxc.hu
A few days ago, as we drove to gymnastics class, my eight-year-old said something I had hoped to never hear from her: "I don't like my legs." My heart sank as I realized...

Plastic Surgery - Would You Let Your Teen?

As adults, we realize that just like money, beauty doesn't equal happiness. But we also know that it can certainly make life easier. Perhaps that's why even in today's difficult economy, parents are still paying for their teens to have plastic...

Teens Think They Are the Bomb

A recent survey of high school students finds that that they are not only they fabulous, they know they are fabulous. In 2006, researchers compared teen's answers to questions about their 'self view' to teen's answers to the same questions in 1975....

Will sexy TV lead to teen pregnancy?

Will watching television get you pregnant? According to an article from the Daily News, it may be the case. What sounds as implausible as the rumor that circulated when I was a kid that you could get pregnant from a toilet seat (remember THAT...

Girls Rock, the movie

This past Christmas, we bought Ellie a kid-sized drum set. Besides the fact the she loves music, we felt that the opportunity to bang away and make some noise would be a good way for her to release the emotions she tends to bottle up. I was...

Kid's materialism linked to self-esteem

According to new research, adolescent children who are overly materialistic, coveting every new gadget that comes out and begging for the latest designer clothes, are often trying to compensate for low self-esteem. University of Minnesota Professor...

Middle school fashion bullies

When I was in school, there were very few designer labels available for kids. We had Izod and Gloria Vanderbilt, but very few kids were wearing them. Generally, if your clothes were clean and well-matched, it was all good. These days, however, things...

Trophies for everyone!

Some experts believe that awarding children trophies just for participating in sports can actually damage their self-esteem rather than improve it. They talk about increased narcissism and the idea that kids are growing up thinking they are special....

Body image and bikinis

I remember the instant I became aware of my body as something other than a place to hang the clothes my mother bought me. I was nine years old, standing at the edge of a swimming pool in my purple velour bikini, when all of the sudden it hit me that...

Cliques - not just for big kids anymore

A clique is defined as a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set. The key word here is 'exclusive'. To be shut out of a group of peers is a painful experience for anyone. For a child, it can be devastating. When I was a kid, this phenomenon of...

Preteens learning from Dove's self-esteem workshops

Parents of preteen girls from across Canada are having the chance to work on their daughter's self-esteem in a series of workshops sponsored by Dove. Aimed at girls from ages 8 to 12, the workshop finds out what influences the girls' ideas of beauty...

The psychology of sizing women's clothing

Does your self-esteem have a direct relationship with the size of your pants? If so, you are not alone. Nearly all women are affected by the number on the label of their clothing. The bigger the number, the worse we are likely to feel. The small the...

Girls and sports: self-esteem boosters

I am not a sporty sort of mom. I don't like playing catch or running around bases. My kids know this and accept me for what I am. However, my daughter is sporty. She is competitive and she enjoys being part of a team, especially a winning team. Her...

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