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How to raise confident yet humble kids

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One good way to teach kids humility is compliment them when they act in humble ways, says Steven Mesmer, who with his wife, Cyndi, both pictured with their five children, founded a counseling center in Crystal Lake.

Cory and Cyndi Fosco sing with their children, Frederic (Fredo) 12, and Lily, 10, while sitting on the sofa in their Elk Grove Village home.

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Cory and Cyndi Fosco of Elk Grove Village with their children, Frederic (Fredo) 12, and Lily, 10.

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Lily Fosco, 10, and her brother, Frederic (Fredo), 12, of Elk Grove village are well-grounded even though they won the Schaumburg Got Talent competition.

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Lily Fosco, 10, and her brother, Frederic (Fredo), 12, of Elk Grove Village are well-grounded even though they won the 2012 Schaumburg's Got Talent competition.

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Parents today make considerable efforts to raise confident kids with healthy self-esteems. But what about humility? How can parents build up their child's self-confidence without fostering attitudes of arrogance or entitlement? And in our increasingly competitive culture, is developing humility as a character trait even on most parents' radars?
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    • One good way to teach kids humility is compliment them when they act in humble ways, says Steven Mesmer, who with his wife, Cyndi, both pictured with their five children, founded a counseling center in Crystal Lake.
    • Cory and Cyndi Fosco sing with their children, Frederic (Fredo) 12, and Lily, 10, while sitting on the sofa in their Elk Grove Village home.
    • Cory and Cyndi Fosco of Elk Grove Village with their children, Frederic (Fredo) 12, and Lily, 10.
    • Lily Fosco, 10, and her brother, Frederic (Fredo), 12, of Elk Grove village are well-grounded even though they won the Schaumburg Got Talent competition.
    • Lily Fosco, 10, and her brother, Frederic (Fredo), 12, of Elk Grove Village are well-grounded even though they won the 2012 Schaumburg’s Got Talent competition.
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