In my opinion, it is more a matter of pride/arrogance vs. meekness/humility than it is about self-esteem. It really doesn't matter how much self-esteem you have when you know when you have the humility to keep you mouth shut when you don't know the answer and the meekness to keep your mouth shut, even when you do have the answer. Many people dislike those who are too outspoken, but very few dislike those who "speak" by demonstrating true ability.
Amen brother! I keep telling my gf that if she doesn't get control of her daughter now that by the time her daughter is 13 or 14 she will be uncontrolable! If I did half the stuff that her daughter does when I was 7 my Dad would have told me to go to the back yard and pick my switch! Kids these days don't even know what a switch is.
Thanks Scott! I have been waiting for someone other than me to see the stupidity of participation trophys. I have a family member who used to race bmx bicycles and at the end of the race everyone who didn't win got a participation trophy. There are so many reasons that this is stupid.
1. It teachs children that you get a reward whether you succeed or not
2. It teachs overconfidence so the child grows up thinking that it can do something it clearly can't
3. It degrades the children that are accomplished athletes by rewarding the loosers.
I really hate the society of pansies that we have become! Wake up America I am sorry to tell you but not everyone is special, not everyone is a winner, and in fact most people are just average!