How to Help Your Child With Self-Esteem
Self Esteem is “a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself”.
It’s very important for children to feel good about themselves. Statistics show that children with low self-esteem tend to perform below their potential in school and make poor decisions in social situations.
AS parents, you can make a huge difference!
There are many things that can be done to help improve a child’s self-esteem:
Be Present – When your child speaks to you give them eye contact and listen make them feel what they are saying is important to you.
They Are Special – Praise children when they do a good job and also for trying hard. Tell children your proud of them when they put a lot of effort in something. Give complements and tell them that they are special.
Growth in Mistakes – When a child makes a mistake turn the negative into a positive. Focus on what he/she learned from the mistake.
Monkey See, Monkey Do – If you are constantly hard on your-self, putting your self down or pessimistic your children will see that and may eventually copy those same feelings. This may lead to them to feel that way about themselves.
Empathize – Sometimes this can be hard especially when a child has done something wrong and you yourself get angry and want to yell and scream. Sometimes a child doesn’t understand what they have done and they need a loving explanation to see their blind spots.