Self-esteem in children is such an important issue. After all, childhood is full of experiences that can help or hinder one’s self-esteem as an adult. It is the foundation for the metaphorical “house” we live in as our adult selves. Too many unresolved cracks can attribute to insecurity as adults.
Many situations with peers, academics, and stress affect a child’s self-esteem and can contribute to how a child see’s him/herself in the future. It is impossible for parents to be there every step of the way, however there is certain language, questions and ways of acting that can help build self-assurance, confidence and a healthy self-esteem in your child. When parents use the right skills, it also enhances the relationship with their child in terms of the child’s trust and communication with the parent throughout adolescence. When parents use tools that the child feels are invalidating, the opposite occurs.
How to Build Self-Esteem in Children
I work with children, young adults and families every day and have for many years. The information in this child self-esteem video is from real life and tricky situations that most parents find themselves in. It will give you quick tools to help your child build self-esteem. Being mindful of your approach to how you handle these difficult situations can really help your child develop a great, life long relationship with themselves.
Tricky Situations That Can Increase Child Self-Esteem
What to say when your child comes to you with:
- Stress at school
- Friendship challenges
- Dealing with an unfair teacher or coach
- Bad day, bad mood
Take Good Care.
Emily is the author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are.You can visit Emily’s Guidance Girl website. You can also find her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.