A person’s self-esteem is how a person feels about himself/herself. This is reflected in the person’s actions, both in terms of what he or she does and how well they accomplish the tasks they set out to do.
Everyone’s self-esteem can fluctuate some from time to time, based on life events and experiences. It is vital to build a healthy self-esteem in your child because, the higher your child’s self-esteem is, the more likely it is that your child will be successful in life.
Building self-esteem never stops, but the foundation or building blocks for building a strong self-esteem really begins in childhood. Having a strong foundation at a young age will help your child overcome any challenges and difficulties life can create later on in life.
As you can imagine, parents have a major influence on how strongly positive or negative a child feels. Parents can greatly help influence a positive, healthy self-respect by letting their children know that they belong. That they are doing well in the tasks and events they participate in, and that they are learning, growing, and doing new tasks better.
How parents talk and act toward their children can certainly influence the child’s self-esteem. Parents need to openly show their love and care for their children. By doing so, this can help build their confidence and their self-esteem.
How parents react to their children’s behavior is also critical to how children’s self-esteem will develop. When you criticize your child, their self-esteem and confidence will take a hit. Certainly, when your child does something wrong, especially something important, you have to correct their actions because it is important to help them learn what they did wrong and how not to make that mistake again. But, at the same time, it’s important that you do it in such a way that you help to build their confidence and self-esteem, not tear it down.
Psychologists recommend praising your children two to four times as often as you criticize them. Certainly, you have to discipline them when they do something wrong or approach something improperly when it comes to thinking about and acting upon a certain situation. You always try to do it in a way that will help them learn what they did incorrectly, learn how to correct it in the future, and boost their self-esteem at the same time.
Another way to help boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence is to assign some age-appropriate household chores. This will help them learn how to budget his or her time properly, which is an important time management skill that will be useful in the future. In addition, your child will experience great satisfaction in completing tasks on their own, another life skill that will serve them well in the future.
As you can see, parents play a major factor in affecting their children’s self-esteem. It is vital to boost your children’s self-esteem as much as possible, as this will improve the odds of your children being successful in life because people must have confidence in their own abilities to be successful.
Doing these things will give your children the best possible self-esteem, which will give them the best chance of being successful in life. If you need additional ways to build self-esteem and confidence in your child, download 25 Ways To Build Self-Esteem in Children. The download is free when you join our community of parents who are guiding their children into confident and poised leaders of the future.
Beverly Jones-Durr is an Author, Dynamic Speaker, Certified Life Mastery Strategist and Educational Facilitator. She is founder of Every Child Has a Story which is home to The Writer’s Vibe and Speech Crafters Club - “The Only Public Speaking Club for Kids and Teens in Alabama!” Beverly empowers young people to command their voice, feelings, ideals, energy and intellect and use all of that to boost their communication skills. Speech Crafters Club is a safe place for members age 8 and up to explore creativity and enhance their communication skills. What's the back door benefits? We're building and enhancing Self Esteem and Self Confidence one child at a time! The Writer’s Vibe empowers kids to use words to write stories only they can write and become stellar wordsmiths whose talents will no doubt someday change the world. The Writers Vibe program launches in 2017. Check us out and prepare to be amazed! You can also follow Beverly 0n Twitter, FaceBook and Pinterest