Therapist and Healthy Place Blogger, Emily Roberts, gives parents tools to help their child develop self-esteem from difficult situations.
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.