Image by timojazz via Flickr"Good stress is energizing and motivating. We know this when it comes to muscles but we somehow forget when it comes to building self esteem.
Muscles grow more powerful when we use them. Each time they recover from stress, they get stronger and more responsive.
Self-esteem works the same way. Kids need some stress to develop their psychological muscles of resilience, stamina, determination, commitment, confidence, diligence, and perseverance."
- David Walsh, PhD. No: Why Kids - of all Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. Free Press, Toronto. 2007. pg 41