10 Ways to Develop Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is developed much like anything else in our lives: over time.
Four-eyes! Fatso! @&#*$!
It’s not uncommon to hear things like this if you venture onto your child’s playground. Kids, and the world at large, can be cruel. Self-esteem can be the thing that creates a buffer of resilience between your child and this cruelty. It also allows him or her to face the struggles of life and succeed.
Countless studies, books, and articles suggest that top leaders and successful people share the trait of “confidence,” or the ability to believe you can do it. The characteristic of seeing genuine value and believing in yourself is irreplaceable. Robert Reasoner, President of the International Council for Self Esteem, reports that kids who feel good about themselves have higher academic achievements and better interpersonal relationships. They also have less criminal and violent behaviors, eating disorders, teenage pregnancy, depression, and suicide.
Self-esteem is developed much like anything else in our lives: over time. It’s not a shot in the arm, given along with other vaccinations, but an internal feeling that waxes and wanes as it is strengthened or weakened throughout life.
Healthy or Unhealthy Self-Esteem: What Does It Look Like?
Children with healthy self-esteem often have many varied interests and show interest in others. They are optimistic about outcomes. They do not degrade themselves or discount their achievements with words like, “I’m such a moron,” or “I never do anything right.” When they meet a challenge, they assertively seek help or engage their little engine that could… “I think I can! I think I can!”