Self-esteem plays a major role in how we feel about ourselves and this has a huge impact on the way we do things in life, our beliefs and attitude. A child with a healthy self-esteem will be more efficient in resisting peer pressure, handling conflict and feeling optimistic towards challenges, mastering new skills and opportunities. Self-esteem may change when a child is growing and is affected by their experiences and how they are perceived. With each milestone and with every mastered skill, children experience a sense of accomplishment which in turn boosts their self-esteem. Parental involvement is paramount to help a child develop a healthy self-esteem.
6 Tips For Boosting Your Child’s Self-esteem
By simply touching your child gently and lovingly i.e. hugging, patting them on the back or placing your hand on their shoulder, you can get the message across that they are important to you.
By listening to your child despite our hectic lifestyles we can boost their self-esteem. By being too busy and expecting them to wait until we finish work and not talking to them, it may lead to them thinking that they come second to everything else we do.
Be mindful of what you say
Instead of attacking your child as a person, instead focus on the behaviour. Avoid saying thing like: “You are a naughty boy” and rather say: “What you did was naughty”.
Teach them how to be self-confident
Help your child become competent by allowing him to do certain things for himself. This way he can learn how to solve problems by himself through experiencing his world around him.
Always acknowledge the successes of your child, but try not to overdo it. Give praise where praise is due.
Encouraging your child while he is struggling with an activity can help improve his self-confidence. You can use encouraging words not to give up and try keep going just a little longer.