Self-esteem plays a major role in the development of healthy children, mentally, physically and spiritually. Children with high self-esteem generally become more successful in life.
Children who have high self-esteem are more emotionally mature, more stable, more realistic and they have a higher frustration tolerance. They also tend to be happier and to do better academically.
Tips to Boost your Child’s Self-esteem.
Show your Child Unconditional Love
Unconditional love isn’t just what we feel. It’s what the object of our love feels: love without strings attached. That means our child doesn’t have to be or do, anything in particular to earn our love. We love her exactly as she is.
“Use a warm, nurturing tone, and make eye contact,” she says, “and when it’s possible, get down to their level, face to face.” This kind of interaction increases a young child’s confidence. Dr. Mona Delahooke, PhD
Be a good role model
Display a positive and reassuring attitude and optimism.
Let kids make their own choices
When kids are given room to make their own decisions, their brains learn how to make hard choices. More importantly, it helps them reduce the stress of feeling helpless or controlled by someone else.
Encourage them to pursue their interests (fully)
Children love to do what their parents do — at least initially. Bring them alongside you as you enjoy your own hobbies and interests. They may pick up yours, or they may take off in a tangential direction. In any case, you’ll be building wonderful memories!
Support trying new things
The enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear. So, as a parent, it’s your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks.
Use household chores to teach responsibility
Consistent system of chores teaches responsibility and organization that can help them at home and school and later, within their jobs and even relationships. Chores boost children’s self-confidence