According to many psychologists, a healthy level of narcissism does exist. In our current society, self-esteem is related to consistent praise and attention, when it really should be about whether or not your children can rely on you for comfort and support. Experts such as Dr. Craig Malkin claim that having some sense of feeling special is important, as long as you do not get hooked on the feeling and take it to an unhealthy level.
- Children can develop a negative self image at even the earliest of ages
- Take time out of your busy day to acknowledge specific rather than general actions your child is doing
- Practice actively listening and empathetic responses with your children when they express feeling low
“My daughter doesn’t feel like she’s special, and I don’t know what to do about it.”