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The Fresh Air Fund gives esteem to children

There are many ways to give esteem to children. One of them Fresh Air Fund is living.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

This program is a real gift for children, but also for host families. If you’re interested in becoming a hosting family for this summer, the Fresh Air Fund is happy to give you all necessary information. What a great gesture of esteem toward children!

International Day of Families


The theme of this year’s International Day of Families is Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World following last year’s theme of Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges.

Even though the world is changing rapidly and in unpredictable ways families still remain the core of social life.

Mothers play an important role for the family as a powerful force for social cohesion and integration.

As the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says: “By rewarding the efforts of the mothers and enhancing their living conditions we can secure a better future for all”.

Today we give esteem toward mothers by acknowledging their importance for all of us.


Esteem for child care providers

Being under-appreciated can be expressed in the wages of underpaid worker.  According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies the average wage for child care providers is close to the national poverty level.  This is one sign of under-appreciation of this profession.

Provider Appreciation Day, celebrated on May 8th, aims to recognize child care providers worldwide for their dedication to our children.

Child care providers give a precious service to parents who rely on them to care for their children.  While we may not be able to change the pay rate of daycare workers there are other ways to give esteem toward them.

Here are some ideas of what you can do to give esteem toward child care providers:

  • A simple thank-you note
  • Giving a small present such as flowers or gift cards
  • Baking with your children cookies for your  child care provider
  • Inviting to a family dinner

The efforts of child care providers shouldn’t be thankless and unappreciated.  You’ll get esteem back for yourself and your children when you give esteem toward the persons taking care of your children.


National Association for Self-Esteem

The National Association for Self-Esteem NASE has existed since 1986 with the goal of developing personal worth, responsibility and integrity in families, schools and the workplace.

According to NASE, a healthy self-esteem means “the experience of being capable of meeting life’s challenges and being worthy of happiness”.

We agree that self-esteem is strongly connected to the feeling of being precious and worthy of happiness.  We can encourage each other by speaking about self-esteem and by finding ways to improve it.

NASE is one way of going public to enhance discussion and activities around self-esteem.

Esteem helps overcome life’s challenges

The life story of Christopher Nolan is touching.  He was born mute and quadriplegic.  As a child he could only communicate with his family through eye movements.  Doctors predicted that his brain would remain infantile throughout his life.

But Christopher Nolan and his family never lost confidence.  Thanks to the esteem he got from his family he overcame difficult circumstances and started to write poems.  His family’s acceptance and respect motivated Christopher to find his inner talent and life sense.

“My mind is like a spin-dryer at full speed, my thoughts fly around my skull while millions of beautiful words cascade down in my lap,” he once said in an interview.

Christopher Nolan died recently at home in Dublin, Ireland, but his sensitive and life-affirming poetry will remain,  His life is proof that even the most challenging life conditions can be overcome with esteem.

Esteem for an NFL football coach

Whenever you read something about NFL football coaches it’s most often all about their win/loss record or the mistakes they’ve make.

For some, the spotlight never shines brighter than when their career comes to an end.

Tony Dungy, head coach in NFL for 13 seasons, 6 in Tampa Bay and 7 in Indianapolis, is currently in the latter spotlight.

On Monday, Dungy retired his position as head coach of the Colts.   He will be remembered by fans as a successful leader on the field,  but also by those who know him for his devotion to family and faith.

“Simply, his NFL legacy will be that he won football games the right way. He won them while maintaining his humanity,” Bob Kravitz writes in the Indianapolis Star.

Coaches like Dungy receive esteem not just for their career as a coach, but for the way they represent themselves in life.


Path for living esteem, Part 2: esteem at home

Continuing our list of five steps necessary for integrating esteem in our lives.  Part 1 about Self-esteem as a basis for each step toward esteem leads us into today’s theme – Esteem at home.

Living esteem at home

However our private life looks like we have each day numerous opportunities to live esteem at home.

The people in our lives have their own life philosophy and life experiences.  Our first step toward esteem at home gives acknowledgment to that fact.  As we wrote some days before, imagining one day in the shoes of the other helps us to understand their lives and thoughts.

Living esteem at home embraces patience for our children of any age, for our partner and spouse and even for our neighbors. Patience gives us time to develop empathy for them.  Empathy is an important step toward esteem.

There is a basic adjective for this attitude: unconditional.  Living esteem at home means that we give unconditional acknowledgment to our family, the persons we care about.  They don’t need to gain our esteem, they don’t need to do something to get esteem.

Continue reading Path for living esteem, Part 2: esteem at home

Esteem for breakfast

How is your breakfast?   Are you in hurry and do you have no time to speak with your spouse or children? 

The morning is the best time to start with your daily esteem activities.  Take time, speak friendly words with your family and smile.  Eating breakfast together is always a great way to start the day and to show how thankful and esteem-ful you are.

Your family will be happy and enjoy each breakfast in this esteemful ambience.  Esteem for breakfast, give it a try.


Esteem everywhere and always

Can you think of a place or time in life where esteem has no empowerment?   Each moment and each situation of life is a opportunity for esteem to be expressed.

You may think of your family life, of your job, of your leisure time.  You can decide each moment of your own life if you live it with esteem or without it.  Living your life with esteem everywhere and always makes you fulfilled and the people around you getting your esteem.

Start to integrate esteem in your daily life today.  The first step can be a simple smile for everybody because smiling is one of the basic expressions of esteem.

Today is World Population Day

In their mission UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund expresses what esteem is basically  about: “The right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.”

Celebrating the World Population Day makes us aware of important themes concerning the world’s population.  It may surprise you to learn that World Population Day has been celebrated for the past 19 years.

The theme of the World Population Day of this year is “Plan your future: plan your family”.

It’s no doubt that planning creates more health and wealth for the whole family.  Planning the family means planning the life of each member of the family.

It’s the day of esteem toward families and their rights.  A great day to celebrate.