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I have a nine year old daughter who is very clever, sharp, social and pretty. Since few months ago she started saying she is ugly. Is this normal?

In Topics: Self esteem and identity, Teen issues
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Dec 22, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

While low self esteem is common, we don't think that it is necessarily normal.  We hope that you can provide your daughter with positive messages, so that no matter how she feels about herself, you make it very clear how much you think of her.  She is obviously getting these messages from somewhere, you may want to ask her how school is and see if she may possibly be getting bullied by classmates or friends.  If so, than addressing those problems with the school may alleviate that problem and you may stop hearing her say these things.  If her behavior is drastically changing or you are concerned for her well being, it may be worth it to set up an appointment with a child psychologist.  

Also feel free to call our hotline, we specialize in talking to parents about just these sorts of issues.  Take care!

Counselor, Dominic
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
www.parenting.org

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ebhs
ebhs writes:
sorry to say it is not normal and why did she start say shes ugly is any one at school calling her ugly because when a perso start calling their selfs ugly and if you ever need to talk to some one my e-mail anthonynorwood77@hotmai.com i can answer any thing i'm a teacher
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Aliechia
Aliechia , Parent writes:
Every teenage girl will have some self confidence issues. Just continue to encourage her. She will grow into a strong, confident woman and laugh at her comments later. Also, with other girls starting to develop, she may just be a little behind or ahead. Her body awkwardness will level out soon.
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