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PRIDE: The Five Tenets of Self-Esteem

Lilian G. Katz

P Positive purpose: By accepting your children, you reinforce their purpose and unique gifts. Wake them each morning and put them to bed each night with words of love and appreciation.

R Responsibility: By modeling ways to handle various situations, you help your children develop the ability to respond to challenges appropriately and effectively.

I Interdependence: By setting up activities in which all family members have a role and must tackle tasks cooperatively, you teach children the importance of cooperation and interdependence.

D Development: By helping your children develop physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, you help them manage life's ups and downs.

E Enthusiasm: By approaching your children and the world with enthusiasm, you help your children develop a true love for themselves, for others, and for life in general.

Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where she is also Co-Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary & Early Childhood Education.