A Child's Self Esteem

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A Child's Self Esteem Many factors contribute to the mental state that forms as a child grows to become a young adult. His/her self-esteem, or lack of, is a key factor. Unfortunately, low self-esteem is more common than high self-esteem. Most cases of low self-esteem begin during the pre-teen and teenage years of a child’s life. These are the years containing the overwhelming pressures of high school. Teenagers are forced to cope with unmotivated teachers, ignorant peers, doubting parents, and possibly not knowing, or not being able to afford, the trends of the time. Such burdens are unmistakably the main causes of low self-esteem. Too often, teachers of all subjects lose their patience and desire to teach. When this situation occurs, a student who already doesn’t have a fair amount of confidence in him/her self is unable to achieve the necessary praise and cooperation. Teachers fail to realize that they are, for the most part, well respected authority figures who their students try to impress and make proud on a daily basis. However, when nothing the student says or does is impressive, then he/she begins the downward spiral of doubting him/herself. Before the student knows what has happened, he/she is receiving poor grades, which does nothing to help the situation, and in fact, only makes it worse, for it is much harder for him/her to recover after he/she has already fallen. After this point, the student tends to begin believing that he/she isn’t capable of doing better than previously deemed by the teacher; he/she just stops trying. Teachers aren’t the only influential aspects in school that can cause a teenager to feel that he/she is less of a person; there are also peers who are too ignorant to know that... ... middle of paper ... ...sion are serious conditions that no one should have to endure, but neither of them is nearly as life threatening as suicide. Suicide is the absolute worst thing for people of all ages to consider. If a teenager is contemplating ending his/her life, he/she may ask him/herself, “Why was I created, I’m not good enough to be alive?” These thoughts show an enormous amount of lost potential. They may have been created in the mind of the next president or Bill Gates that the world will never know because of some injustice that the child encountered during his/her days of high school. Also, the families of suicide victims undergo tragic emotions that can never really be fixed. The family will always wonder what they could have done to rectify the situation. In all cases, suicide doesn’t solve any of the problems it is meant to; instead it makes the situation worse.
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