A recent research study of parents with children in grades PK – 5 indicates that only 22% of parents understand the critical difference between self-acceptance and self-esteem, or the critical role self-acceptance plays in a child’s early development and academic success. This workshop not only clarifies the differences between the two, but it identifies which comes first, and more important, the role parents play in developing self-acceptance in a child. Parents will leave the workshop with the tools and resources to increase their child’s self-acceptance, their “voice”, and ultimately their child’s positive development and academic success. Video demonstrations, case studies, and a quiz are incorporated in this highly interactive workshop to reinforce the techniques reviewed. Finally, parents will sign a contract between themselves and their child to ensure the implementation of the strategies presented.