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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 LETHBRIDGE HERALD TiiMday, 10, 1974 Parents can make or break child's sense of self-worth LOS ANGELES (AP) Even at age 3 or 4, children can tell whether other people think they are beautiful or ugly, says a child development specialist. And most people respond with a "beauty contest" attitude, said Dr. James Dobson, giving warmth and praise to the good-looking child and ridiculing or neglecting the fat, skinny, buck- toothed or puny. The result, he believes, has been lifelong self- doubt and feelings of worthlessness in many per- sons. Dobson teaches pediatrics at the University of Southern California school of medicine and is director of behavioral research in the depart- ment of child development at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He wrote a recent book on child self-esteem, Hide or Seek. In an interview he said he became interested from counselling experiences on how self-worth is fostered or denied. One of his patients was a 36-year-old man who told him, "I was five years old when I realized I was ugly and I've never been the same since." Nicknames like Bucky Beaver, Bones, Pee Wee or Birdlegs can cause wounds that destroy self-confidence for life, said Dobson. Dobson thinks the sexual revolution is also to blame: "A society that gets so steamed up about sex and where everybody has sex on his mind 24 hours a day is going to place a lot of value on human attractiveness." He said there has been research indicating that grades given to school-children often are influenced by their looks. He also cited a study in which adults were given pictures of children and asked to decide which ones were responsible for a hypothetical act of mischief. The uglier children were usually blamed. Unfortunately, Dobson said, parents are themselves influenced by society's attitudes and are disappointed if their offspring are not "superchildren." "Furthermore, I have observed in working with parents that their own feelings of inferiori- ty make it difficult for them to accept gross im- perfections in their children." In this book and in lectures to parents' groups, Dobson tells parents they can make or break a child's sense of self-worth. His "strategies for self-esteem" incorporate admittedly "old-fashioned" views on raising children: encourage independence, self- discipline and integrity. Instead of exalting beauty, brains or accomplishment, he urges adults to teach children to respect themselves for such virtues as diligence, patience and honesty. Another important bulwark of confidence, said Dobson, is to help the child learn a skill music, for will help him compensate for minuses in handsomeness or intelligence. In later life brains are another standard by which children succeed or fail in society's eyes. Herald- Family Ann Landers Craft, hobby shop supplies Canadiana ST. AGATHA, Ont. (CP) Three years after Nancy Pigeon took up crafts as a hob- by, she finds herself spinning her own wool and looking after the sheep and St. Ber- nard dogs that provide it. She is also in the business of selling looms, spinning wheels, potters' clay and kilns and other supplies for craftsmen as well as her own woven articles and her husband's pottery. Her shop, Cloth and Clay, is located in an 1854 stone house in this village, five miles west of Waterloo. The sheep and dogs live on the family's 27- acre farm nearby. When Mrs. Pigeon retired from teaching and bought her first loom, she found it dif- ficult to get the wool she wanted. Her husband Peter, who teaches ceramics and sculpture at Kitchener- Waterloo collegiate, also had supply problems. That gave her the idea of ac- commodating other craftsmen with a little shop in downtown Waterloo which eventually expanded to its present quarters.'- The old building, .protected by the federal government as a historic landmark, has serv- ed in the past as a schoolhouse, township meeting hall, barbershop, poolroom, confectionery store, funeral home, abattoir and antique store. To retain the building's character, the Pigeons are building their garage and storage area underground but they plan to add a stone fireplace and second-floor studio with balcony for workshops and classes. Mrs. Pigeon sells only Cana- dian clay at her shop because she says if one is going to be a true Canadian potter, one should stick to the home prod- uct. Her supplies come from Al- berta, which is a major source of Canadian clay. Her yarns are stored in walls lined with round tiles of Waterloo County clay. There she keeps flax and sisal, wool from her own sheep and a variety of yarns. Dear Ann Landers: Please settle our first fight. Bud and I have been dating for four months and I really love him. The problem is that lately he has become a tickling maniac. At first I thought it was funny, but now he's driving me crazy. Last night he actually tied my hands and held me in a chair while his best friend took of my shoes and hose and tickled the bottom of my feet with a feather for what seem- ed like an eternity. When they finally untied me I used some language I didn't know was part of my vocabulary. They were shock- ed and so was I. Now Bud is mad at me and says I made a big scene over nothing. I claim that what he did was not normal. He says I'm the one who is loony. It took me months to get this guy to notice me and ask me out. This first fight is kill- ing me. What do you make of it? Still Rattled Dear Still Rattled: Your "dreamboat" has a streak of sadism an inch thick and a yard wide. To tickle for fun, for a few seconds, is O.K. But to tie a girl's hands and invite a buddy in as part of the act is pretty sick stuff and you'd better recognize it now before the dingbat graduates to whips and chains. Club corner notes There will be a testimony meeting held at the Christian Science church Wednesday at p.m. All welcome. St. Michael's Nurses' Alum- nae will hold a supper meeting in the nurses' recreation room at the residence, Wednesday at 7 p.m. A good attendance is requested. Kappa chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, will meet tonight at 8 at the home of Faye Coleman. Members are asked to meet at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant for dessert to precede the meeting. The program, definition of hap- Lettbrkke fish Game Assoc. Jackpot in BINGO ckpot in 53 Nu Numbers Wednesday atSpjn. 3 4th Mi 10th in 7 Numbm GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL. 13th STREET N. FREE GAMES _ Ho Chfldran Under 16 YMra LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd North REGULAR WID. NIQHT BINQO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MAHY EXTRAS This Week's Jackpot in 57 Numbers 5 UflOS SI SI CMOS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PMZE No one under 16 years allowed to play' LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 P.M. S500 JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 56 NUMBERS OR LESS Mic until 1M GAME JACKPOT SHl GAME (X) 10th Game Jackpot in 51 Numbers ran BUS SMVICI HOMI AFTVR BIHOO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER 16 NOT ALLOWED piness, will be presented by Peggy Lomas, Linda Larson, Barbara Dawson and Linda Flaman. Co-hostesses are Edith Tanne and Lucelle Thompson. Woman's Place will feature the film, When This You See Remember Me, Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Lethbridge Public Library theatre. The film is about Gertrude Stein and Alikce B. Toklas and is open to the public. For further information contact 327-6917. Tau Chapter, Bet-. I.gma Phi, will meet tonight at tb home of Caran Moss in Raymond. Co-hostesses will be Gloria Hyde and Delia Pearson. The program, the body beautiful, will be presented by Carolyn Tusker and Lavina Matisz. The regular meeting of Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7 OES will be held tonight at 8 in the Masonic Hall. Flea market to follow. There will be a testimony meeting held at the Christian Science church Wednesday at p.m. AH welcome. PUBLIC BINQO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY THUBS. Tomorrow's Treasure is a FAMILY PORTRAIT end COLOR PORTRAITS {Ismllf or indhriducl) ALL FOR ONLY.................. PHOTOGRAPHY Phone 416 13 Strwl North 327-7449 TOM.-SM. 9 pm CLOSED MONDAYS CALL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT SOON Even if drinking is the "in" thing in your crowd, it needn't crowd you out. Learn the facts from Ann Landers' booklet, "Booze and You For Teen- Agers Only." Send 35t in coin and a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, 111. 60654. Youngster takes car NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) While his mother slept, Brian Landis, 4, wandered away from home, lied to police about his name and address, drove off with a patrol car and com- mandeered the police radio. Officers finally caught up with him and bribed him with candy to tell them his correct name and address. OUR FALL SHOES ARE ARRIVING DAILY FOR MEN, WOMEN CHILDREN HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household CALL 32S-2MO FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. Joe GREEK'S SHOES DOWNTOWN ON SIXTH STREET Open Thursday til 9 p.m. All Colors Styles and Sizes Lottery 3rd Draw: G Buy your tickets NOW! 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