My son has very low self-esteem and confidence. How can I help him? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

You should consider factors other than your own parenting – but it’s better to be patient instead of turning yourself inside out looking for answers

I have an 11-year-old son who is finding life quite difficult. He has always suffered from very low self-esteem and confidence, even as a toddler. He has always had a strong need for control and experienced extreme separation anxiety. It even happened while toilet training, when he would “hold on” for as long as possible.

At school, he would give up on things very easily and say “I can’t do it”, or say that something he’d done is “rubbish”.

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