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Exploring Self-Esteem

 Exploring Self-Esteem:A Roadmap to Compassionate Parenting

Do you sometimes wish your child had higher self-esteem?

How can you tell if your child is growing into a confident and successful person?


As parents, we are conditioned to offer our children praise and external rewards for performing in a way that is culturally and socially acceptable to us. We are encouraged to provide positive feedback in order to nurture self-esteem and to build trust in our relationships. Many parenting experts are aligned with the thinking that “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry” (Alvin Price). Are these approaches effective? How do we know? What does the research tell us about these common parenting practices and beliefs?

In this interactive workshop guided by our very own Ms. Anita Anand, parents and staff began to learn how to build upon the research underpinning Dr. Brené Brown’s Guide to Wholehearted Living, in order to develop practical strategies and skills that will foster true confidence and life-long success for our children. This work provides all of us – parents, teachers, and caregivers – with the theoretical framework and life-practice tools to live, love, and parent with more authenticity, connection and self-compassion.

A heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the time to join Ms. Anita the night of our parent education evening. Thank you also for all your positive feedback on the evening’s presentation. We are glad we’re now able to see self-esteem from a very different perspective and can start investing more in the benefits of self-compassion ~ also known as loving, connected presence 🙂 Remember, as we open up our hearts to ourselves, we’re more able to open our hearts to others. What a great practice to model and encourage in our children!


About Anita Anand:

Anita has a degree in Psychology and received her Montessori 3-6 diploma from the London Montessori Centre in England. For the past 25 years, she has taught at various levels, including serving as a Montessori School Administrator for nearly 15 years. Currently Principal at Children of Integrity Montessori Academy in Coquitlam, BC, Anita also has her credentials as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute in California and her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials from the International Coaches Federation. In addition to 1-on-1 coaching, Anita is also a speaker and certified facilitator for The Daring Way™ workshops, based on the vulnerability, shame and worthiness research of New York Times best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown.


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Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Last Friday, October 17, all three Casa classes ventured out to the Apple Barn Pumpkin Farm in Abbotsford. At the farm, the children learned about the apple growing seasons and the role bees play. They tasted fresh apple cider and apple slices, pet some rabbits and goats, and watched apples being sorted.

One of the favorite parts of the trip was a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, where each child was able to pick out a perfect pumpkin. Everyone was quite happy that the rain held off during our visit!

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