5 Ways to Teach Your Child Self-Esteem
Posted April 27, 2012on:
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When it comes to raising kids, there is no one-size-fits-all secret. Every child is different, and every parent has his or her own parenting style. But here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to raising a child who feels confident and loved.
Here are five ways to teach your child self-esteem:
- Start with you. Kids aren’t born with self-esteem; they learn it. And the way you act teaches them more than you realize, so a good place to start is by looking at your own self-confidence. Be positive and hopeful around your child. When you act confidently, he or she will learn to do it too.
- Play with your child. Even though you’re tired at the end of the day and probably just want a little time to relax, taking some time to sit and play with your child can do wonders for his or her self-worth. It shows your child that they are important and worth your time. And kids love the attention.
- Recognize your child’s talents. Is your child good at something like sports, art or even tea parties? Tell them how their unique skill makes them special, and the confidence they gain can carry over to new things like school and more.
- Build a “wall of success.” Set aside a place to display things like trophies, ribbons, artwork, good grades and more. This not only recognizes the good things they’ve done, but it reminds them every time they walk past it.
- Meet your child’s friends. Friends often have more influence on a child’s self-esteem than parents. So get to know your kid’s friends and encourage positive relationships that boost self-confidence, and discourage those that drag them down or make them feel negative.
Being a parent is the most important thing you can do. If you’re reading this, it’s proof that you care about doing it right.