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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Raising a child with healthy self-esteem

Published in Child Advocacy Services Author: Lorrie Spanier, BS, LADC

Coordinator of Adolescent Services
CentraCare/Recovery Plus Adolescent/Clara’s House

Think of self-esteem as armor protecting your child against the challenges of the world. Children with good self-esteem handle conflict and peer pressure better. Children with poor self-esteem may become anxious and frustrated when faced with challenges.

How can you help boost your child’s self-esteem?

  • Hug your child. Spontaneous affection and love will boost your child’s self-esteem.
  • Be honest. You don’t want your child to have an inflated sense of worth — so don’t overdo it.
  • Give positive feedback. Even in bad situations, acknowledge your child’s feelings and encourage your child to make a better choice next time.
  • Think before you speak. Words do hurt. Praise your child for effort — not just success.
  • Help them overcome disappointments. Use stories of your past failures and humor to help your child understand that everyone isn’t good at everything.
  • Be a positive role model. If you are overly critical of yourself, your child will mirror your attitude.
  • Identify false self-perceptions. Help your child have a realistic view of him/herself.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you. Having an open dialogue will help identify problems in school, trouble with peers or other issues that may affect your child’s self-esteem.
  • Create constructive experiences. Being involved with activities that encourage cooperation are great esteem builders, such as volunteering in the community.

If you are concerned about your child’s self-esteem, consider getting professional help. Therapy can help a child learn to view him/herself and the world more realistically and help with problem-solving. Developing the confidence to understand when you can deal with a problem and when to ask for help is vital to positive self-esteem.