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Can exercise help improve my child's self-esteem?

Studies show that exercise has at least a short-term positive effect on self-esteem in children. When more than 1,800 children ages 3 to 20 were followed, those who exercised tested with higher self-esteem after 4 weeks. Exercise has physical benefits, too, of course, so activity is a win-win for your child. Your job may be to find an activity that interests your child and to provide transportation and perhaps sports equipment and uniforms. This may involve your effort, time, and expense, but the benefits can be tremendous.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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