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It’s fun to be a kid… right? Maybe wrong… Statistics are showing more and more kids are becoming troubled teens with low self-esteem. Kidzworld wants to let you know what you can do about it before you do something you might regret.

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is simply how you feel about yourself. More and more kids are being discovered to hate themselves. Why? Here are a few examples why kids might have low self-esteem:

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  • Pressure to get good grades
  • Bullying and teasing
  • Popularity competition
  • Body Appearance does not resemble people in magazines and on TV
  • Parents are not supportive
  • Addicted to video games, smoking, eating junk food

Boosting Self-esteem

Kids need high self-esteemKids need high self-esteem

Your self-esteem goes up and down with everything that you do. One day you might not feel like getting out of bed, but the next day you might jump up ready to take on the whole world. Here are the big secrets to boosting your self-esteem:

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  • Look people in the eyes (there's a good chance for a sincere smile when you do this)
  • Listen to your heart. For example… Stand up to a bully if they are teasing someone. You’ll feel good about yourself no matter what happens
  • Find a role model and try to learn about them (ex. Oprah – what was she like when she was a child?)
  • Live a healthy lifestyle (exercise, eat well, be active... give your body a chance to be happy)
  • Find something you love to do and practice it everyday (science, artwork, sports, fashion etc)
  • Honesty (not just what you say... what you do and how you act too!)

Losing the Fear

A famous comedian named Dave Chappelle told a story about the night when he was telling jokes at the Apollo theatre in New York, and everyone in the theater started booing him. He said that it was that night that made him become so successful… “because it was not as bad as I thought it would be.”

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle's night at the Apollo

We can learn from Dave that as long as we try no matter how scary the situation, it’s not the end of the world if you fail. When you realize that secret… you will gain confidence, and confidence can make dreams come true... (performing, travelling, getting a great job, giving love, facing challenges).

Bad Decisions

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Kids often try to boost their self-esteem with bad decisions that only make things worse. Most kids try hard to get friends by doing foolish things that might seem harmless at the time, but they regret later. If you’ve done things that you’ve regret, don’t let your self-esteem bring you down even further. It’s never too late to change directions.

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Do You Have High Self-Esteem?

  • Yeah, I'm pretty comfortable with myself.
  • For the most part I have fairly high self-esteem.
  • I have some self-esteem issues sometimes.
  • No. I have really low self-esteem.

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Kirsteeeeen posted in General:
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Both of the candidates are horrible in my opinion. As to who will win, there's no questions asked, Hillary will win. To me, it's very obvious at this point. Good thing she will only be in office for four years, because there's not a chance that she wins two elections in a row.
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Today is @Kirsteeeeen's birthday and tomorrow is @genius@23's (the tagging feature doesn't work on her username xD lol) birthday so I just wanted to wish the both of you a very happy birthday.  @Kirsteeeeen you have been a junior mod for so long and you're really friendly. your name is so pretty and you are officially 18 yay!! happy birthday & have a great day. enjoy the perks of being eighteen.  Aastha... I hope you have a wonderful day. I care about you a lot and you are really important to me. You are one of my closest friends here and I hope you have an incredible day. You are so exceptionally gifted and I know you will do well in your studies. I want you to realise that you are an amazing person. Happy 15th birthday. I'm so lucky to have you as a friend and just always be you what more can I say? ;) ♥ (Also if it is your birthday happy birthday too I just wanted to wish my friends and dedicate this to them ^_^) 
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AlphaT posted in Debating:
"Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Since the baby isn't fully developed at that point it can not feel, learn, think, remember etc. so aborting it up until that point is completely harmless cause the baby has yet to know anything its basically just a wad of cells like a tumor till about 6 months in term.  First off, thank you for the dedicated comment. I hope you'll be okay if my response is also as lengthy.  Secondly, most of what you said is false. By week sixteen of pregnancy, the baby's nervous system is developing. By the eighteenth week, the head can be distinguished from the rest of the body. At week 22, the baby's lungs are functioning correctly, the baby has hair, the baby can hear and distinguish sounds, and can also suck their thumb. Finally, by week 25, the nervous system is fully connected from the brain to the rest of the body.  An abortion at the end of six months would be at the 26th week of pregnancy.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Aborting a baby in those months is literally like throwing away an egg that happened to grow No, it would be like breaking the egg and ripping the baby bird inside limb from limb...which is what an abortion is. The baby is in an egg, and then it's shredded and sucked out. It's not wrong to throw away the egg of a chicken, just as it's not wrong to eat a hen. However, we can agree that it is wrong to eat a human being. Clearly, there's a big difference between humans and animals, so you can't make these sorts of analogies.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote: in the United States thousands of people go bankrupt from medical bills including bills for child birth (which is ridiculous I don't think anyone should be charged for giving birth, thank god for canada's medical system) and that can put the mother out on the street homeless with a baby Thousands of people go bankrupt from medical bills if they have a very sick child, that doesn't give them a right to kill their kid does it?  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:Having a baby isn't a good option for everyone, think about girls in school or college who get forced or whose partner convinces them not to use protection and then run out on them? If a woman is forced into pregnancy, I find it a moral disaster. I think that the father should be brought to justice. But, the mother still has the responsibility of being a mother, no matter how fair or unfair it may be for her. The responsibility has been thrust upon her, it should not have been, but killing a child to unburden the mother is just as unjustified as the #### itself.  Now, if a woman is convinced into not using protection, then it is her choice to shoulder the consequences. She consented.  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:. And what about Mothers who just don't want that stress on their body? Cause birth is painful and exhausting and it can physically change a person. Then they should not have chosen to get pregnant in the first place, of if they were forced, then killing a child is still not a justifiable means to end her discomfort.  "Wishyouweremehehe wrote:And what of the girls who it would possibly die when giving birth ? Then a doctor should determine which human life is more viable, and make every effort to save that life.  "Wishyouweremehehe wrote:I strongly believe that no one should be able to force a person to something with their own body that they don't want to, now I don't exactly recommend abortion but I believe a woman would know when its a good time or not for her to have a baby. And by "their own body", you're referring to the body inside a mother, right? See, there's another living being inside of the mother, and what she does with her body effects her son/daughter directly.  Also, what do you mean by a "good time" to have a baby? That's so subjective. You want to hinge a baby's life on how a mother feels?  "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote:If a man can walk out of a pregnancy so can a woman. Sorry, but that's just not true, for the very fact that a man doesn't get pregnant and a woman does. The situations are different. 
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