Social Skills

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Social Phobia, Me Again.

As a child I was a social outcast, a nerd. I was overweight, had horrible acne, bad perm, oversized, thick glasses. I was a mess. I was a complete introvert but managed to have a few friends. One became my best friend and was very loyal to me. She moved away when we were in highschool but as adults we still talk every few months. I was depressed a lot during the teen years. Once I lost the weight, my skin cleared up, and I got contacts, I felt slightly more confident. My reputation for being a nerd followed me into high school as I...


What Is a Friend?

Mamas & Papas- What is a friend at age 3, at age 5, at age 7 in the...

Making Friends

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Hard Time Making Friends

I always feel like im the only one that has this problem and that it seems odd at this age to be afraid of making new friends. I am a military spouse and this is our 2nd move. I have always been kind of shy and I always feel like people are judging me. I need to get out and make friends so that my daughter can make friends but im so afraid of making new friends and afraid of being judged. Anyone else have this problem? And anyone have any advice on how to conquer this fear?


Making New Friends

I am a single mom of three great kids. My daughter is 7 and my boys are 3 &...

Self Esteem

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Promoting Positive Self-Esteem in Girls

I may be overanalyzing this based on my own past, but I wanted to hear from other moms of little girls out there to find out if I am handling my 4-year old and her recent behaviors well! She seems to be a lot more aware of what female images she finds "pretty" lately and I want to be sure I am promoting her own self-esteem so she doesn't go through the degree of body and image issues I did as a teenager and young woman. For example, when she was recently working on her letters in a Barbie activity book, she was saying which Barbie faces...