Evidence-based ways to help your child regain their self esteem

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What you need to know:

  • From an early stage, identify and nurture your child's unique abilities and gifts.
  • A few years ago, Sylvia left a death note for her mother, in which she lamented being a failure and a disappointment to her and the family.
  • Teach your child to be realistic about their goals, dreams, and aspirations. Unrealistic demands on themselves will wear them down, especially if their goals hit a dead end.

In April 2021 a 2020 KCPE candidate in Kitui attempted to take his own life after failing to get his results. Devastated over the missing results, and the possibility of a ruined future, the boy took a concoction of pesticides. The boy’s grandmother, together with villagers, rushed him to a local health centre where medics administered an antidote to neutralise the harmful chemical he had swallowed.


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