By Dawn Burleigh
(Editor’s note: This is part 11 in a 21-part series on United Way Orange County partners.)
Vidor Children’s Fund provides school-aged children with new shoes and clothes for those of Vidor.
“Back in a Vidor, the lawyer wanted every child entering school to have new clothes,” Gloria Frazier said. “We also offer gift cards for clothes and shoes. “
The organization, all volunteers, give of their time to help the children during this first day of school.
“It helps their self-esteem,” Frazier said.
People with low self-esteem often rely on their behavior in the present to determine what they think of themselves. They need positive external experiences (for example, compliments from friends) to counter the negative feelings and thoughts that constantly plague them. Even then, the good feeling (like a good grade or a compliment) is usually temporary, according to https://cmhc.utexas.edu/.
Good self-esteem relies on our ability to accurately assess ourselves while accepting who we are. It means being able to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and at the same time recognize that we are worthy and useful.
Frazier added that when funds were available, they helped pay for the costs of doctor or dentist visits.
“All United Way money goes directly to the program,” said Frazier. “Without the United Way, we probably wouldn’t be able to carry out this program. “
Low self-esteem can have devastating consequences. It can:
- create anxiety, stress, loneliness, and an increased likelihood of depression
- causing problems with friendships and romantic relationships
- seriously affect academic and professional performance
- lead to increased vulnerability to drug and alcohol abuse
Worse yet, these negative consequences themselves reinforce negative self-image and can lead a person into a downward spiral of increasingly low self-esteem and increasingly unproductive or even actively self-destructive behaviors, according to cmhc. .utexas.edu.
Confident children can grow up to be confident adults who are in a better position to reach their potential and be successful.
Children with high self-esteem can be confident to try new things, feel good about themselves, and feel better prepared for life’s challenges than young people with low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can lead to feelings of insecurity and doubt and encourage children to focus on the times when they failed rather than the successes. The Kids Health resource also notes that low self-esteem can lead children to be self-critical.
A student has enough worries on the first day of school without the added worry of not having a new outfit to start the year off on the right foot.
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