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How to boost your child's self-esteem



Boosting your child’s self-esteem

Self-esteem refers to feeling good about yourself and having the confidence to push through challenges and try new things. Children who have strong self-esteem feel more secure and are better able to cope with life’s challenges. They tend to believe in themselves and feel proud of their accomplishments. Thanks to their confidence, they often feel more open and accepted. When kids lack self-esteem, tend to be hard on themselves and feel like they aren’t as good as other kids. They might be more likely to focus on their failures rather than their successes, and they can be afraid to try new things. 





How Is Self-Esteem Develop? 
Babies learn and absorb information every waking moment, and that includes self-esteem. Positive feedback and attentive care can make a baby feel safe and loved, and that builds his or her self-esteem. As children grow, they can strengthen their physical and mental muscles as they try new things, and your smiles and encouragement boost their self-esteem. 

When a child feels accepted, he can enjoy a positive boost of assurance in his ability. When he earns a good grade or is praised for his hard work, he can feel surer of himself and more capable in the future. 


Building Self-Esteem 
You can help your children improve their self-esteem. In fact, every time they try new things, they can gain confidence and feel better about themselves and their skills. Learning something new at school or making progress in a hobby can be a great confidence booster. Kids can also get a self-esteem boost when they learn a new skill, such as cooking or art or when they practice an existing skill, like soccer or piano. 






A Parent’s Role in Self-Esteem 
All kids develop differently, including when it comes to self-esteem. However, parents can help their kids feel more confident regardless of age or current self-esteem level, including: 

 

  • 1. Giving your child a chance to try new things even if they make mistakes
  • 2. Offering plenty of challenges that aren’t too easy or too hard
  • 3. Praising efforts, progress and attitude rather than results

 

 

You can also model confidence for your kids. Put your best effort into everything you do, even if it’s something simple, such as setting up the table for dinner or dusting the shelves. That shows your child that even the little jobs matter. Maintain a positive attitude when you tackle your jobs, and you’ll show your child how to take pride in her work. Avoid harsh and self-criticism, which can damage a child’s self-esteem. Let your kids help, and be patient with them, showing them how you’d like the jobs to be done. Understand that mistakes will happen, and instead of correcting them harshly, focus on improvements for next time. 

Strong self-esteem is grounded in a sense of competence, self-acceptance and well-being. You can’t simply compliment your child into high self-esteem. In fact, that might just do more harm than good. Instead, you need to offer your child plenty of opportunities to grow. A strong sense of self will help them rise to any challenge.