[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] The Problem with Universal Self-Esteem Boosts

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It has become a cultural cliché, how our children are bombarded with efforts to raise their self-esteem by, for example, giving every kid on the team a trophy. The problem, of course, is that not every kid is a great tee-ball or basketball or whatever player (I can attest to this from experience as a [Read More...]

Is It Harder for Boys than Girls to Be Who They Really Are?

Ben enjoys a chocolate chip cake pop with raspberry frosting (his very specific request) at his birthday party.

As I have written before in contemplating my son’s nontraditional choices of toys and clothing, the double standard at work in how we respond to children who don’t conform to gender stereotypes is rooted in a culture that values men and male stereotypes (physical strength, earning power, toughness) over women and female stereotypes (emotion, empathy, [Read More...]


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