Family Life Workshops

Parents, Kids and Self Esteem

"The direction of children's self esteem is heavily determined by what they hear their parents say about them ."

Dr. Darrell Burnett has been working with children, adolescents, and their families for over 25 years. In that time he has noticed a common thread running through the lives of troubled youths: low self esteem. He has also observed the key role played by parents in developing their children’s self esteem. After assessing what was missing in the family lives of the children and adolescents with low self esteem, he published a 29-page booklet and 60-minute audiotape, Parents, Kids & Self Esteem: 15Ways to Help Kids Like Themselves, offering a set of guidelines for parents to help ensure that the essentials for promoting self esteem are not missing in their family life.

In his workshop, PARENTS, KIDS, & SELF-ESTEEM, which he has given to 50+ school PTA groups (pre-school though high school), Dr. Burnett shares the ideas from his booklet and tape,using an upbeat, positive, practical, hands-on, humorous approach, with comic strips, active audience participation, videotape, and audiotape samples.

Dr. Burnett shows parents how to use their power as parents to help promote, in their children, the four cornerstones of self esteem: a sense of belonging, worthiness, dignity, and control. He emphasizes the importance of teaching children self-control, noting that accountability and a sense of responsibility are essential for the full development of self-esteem in children. Topics in the workshop include:

  • The 4 Cornerstones of Self-Esteem
  • 15 Parent Guidelines for Building a Child's Self Esteem
  • 12 Telltale Signs of Low Self Esteem
  • A Parent Checklist for Promoting a Child's Self Esteem

About the Presenter:

Dr. Darrell Burnett is a clinical and sport psychologist, marriage and family therapist, author, lecturer, and father of three. Besides several newspaper and magazine articles, Dr. Burnett has numerous positive parenting publications, addressing family life issues, and issues in youth sports. He authored an article, “Improving Parent-Adolescent Relationships”, based on his book of the same title, in Marriage and Family Journal. He wrote two youth sports articles in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. "A Coach with Soul" appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work. "Challenger Baseball" appears in Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul. He was a primary author in the “parenting” section of a Gatorade youth sports handbook. Dr. Burnett has made several radio and TV appearances, including an appearance on Robert Schuller’s nationally televised Hour of Power, discussing “Youth, Sports, & Self Esteem.” As a member of the National Speakers Association Dr. Burnett is a popular as a keynote speaker and seminar leader for local, state, and national organization and operations.

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