I am not a psychologist nor trained in mental health issues, and what I described above does not necessarily mean children who are criticized or “ignored” will grow up with self-esteem issues that will result in them becoming unfulfilled and unsuccessful adults. There are many contributing factors. But I do feel that it is crucial that parents be aware of their reactions – both negative and positive – towards their children and act in a way that will imbue them with the confidence and self-esteem that will help them reach their G-d-given potential.
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