2 What is Self-Esteem?A person’s belief about his or her worth.
3 Positive/Negative Self-Esteem (+) A person’s belief that (s)he is worthy and deserves respect(-) A person’s belief that (s)he is not worthy and does not deserve respect.
4 Six Reasons Why it is Important to Develop (+) Self-Esteem You are more likely to practice life skills.You are more likely to make responsible decisions.You appreciate your uniqueness.
5 Six Reasons Why it is Important to Develop (+) Self-Esteem You have a firm foundation for difficult times.You are more likely to take calculated risks to mature.You expect others to treat you with respect.
6 Self-RespectA high regard for oneself because one behaves in responsible waysNot to be confused with conceit: excessive appreciation of one’s worth
7 Value A standard or belief What are some of your values? How have your family values influenced you?
8 Develop Good Character What is character?-a person’s use of self-control to act on responsible values.What is self-control?-the degree to which a person regulates his/her own behavior.
9 ExampleYou are walking down the street and you find a wallet with $20 in it. Would you return the wallet to the owner?If you have good character, you would use self-control and avoid the temptation of keeping the wallet with the money.
10 Traits of Good Character Trustworthiness: honest, loyal and reliableYou do what you say, you’ll doDo not deceive, cheat or stealRespect: being considerate of others and tolerant of differencesUsing good mannersMake decisions that show you respect your health and the health of othersTreat people and property with care
11 Traits of Good Character cont. Responsibility: using self-controlThink before you act, consider the consequencesAccountable for your choices and decision – you don’t blame othersFairness: play by the rules, take turns and shareOpen-mindedListen to othersDo not take advantage of others
12 Traits of Good Character cont. Caring: kind and compassionateExpress gratitudeForgivingHelp people in needCitizenship: advocate for safe and healthly schools and communityObeys laws and rulesRespects authority
13 Developing Your Character Stand up for your beliefsLearn from people who demonstrate good character traitsAsk family members for tips on strengthening valuesJoin groups in school and community
14 Demonstrating Character Make a difference at homeMake a difference at schoolMake a difference in your community
15 Role ModelsSomeone whose success or behavior serves as an example for otherThink about who your role model is…(parent, grandparent, sibling, teacher, coach, etc)Write a letter to your role modelExpress how they best support your goals and your healthDescribe the character traits that he/she demonstrates
16 Do You Respect Yourself? Pay attention to your appearanceMake a list of responsible actions and follow themBe a friend to yourself by enjoying activities and hobbies by yourselfWrite your feelings in a journalMake spending time with family a priority
17 Do You Respect Yourself? Care for others in a way in which you would like to be caredLet others know what helps you feel specialSupport the interests of family and friends and have them support your interestsHave others tell you when you are showing good characterGet plenty of exercise to help with feelings of well-being