I was a really shy kid, afraid of my own shadow. I think that shyness is what led to my agoraphobia. The only thing I excelled at in elementary school was reading. I taught myself how to read when I was 2 and I have had my nose in a book ever since. Math continued to elude me until I reached college.
It's a wonderful thing to not only learn that you are smart but to believe it too! After a lifetime of people telling you that you are nothing, winning an award for being smart tells you that you are a person of worth. It's sad that it took an award to convince me.
My mother let me know that I was a disappointment to her and that she was ashamed of me almost every day of my childhood. To say that I had poor self esteem would be a gross understatement. I always swore I would not be like my mother. That I would be a better mother to my children than she had been for me.
I tried to give my children the message that they are strong and smart. I wanted my children to grow up knowing they are loved and are people of worth. I wanted my children to know this without having to win an award. We as parents are responsible for our children's self worth. That is a huge responsibility. Please take it seriously.