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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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TEN

Self-Confidence

What other people think of you is none of your business.

—UNKNOWN

People who lack self-confidence don’t lack confidence. They just gain it from a source other than themselves. Usually that means from people. But the constant need for other people’s approval to support your own confidence can lead to all kinds of bad decisions in life. One person who learned that lesson early was Sarah Milligan.

When Sarah was eight years old, she thought her big brother hung the moon. At the mature age of ten, he was bigger, taller, and faster than her. “And he was fearless,” she reminisces fondly. Like a western explorer, “he could go out into the woods and return hours later with an animal or some other fascinating discovery” she would ...

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