Building Children’s Self-Esteem to Last a Lifetime
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- Set realistic goals: When your kid comes up with a goal and reaches it, they get a confidence boost and learn about their own abilities. Proper praise for these achievements (and also supporting them if they fall short) shows that trying is the most important thing.
- Learn from their mistakes: Children who are never allowed to make mistakes because their parents fix everything for them could have difficulty adjusting to adulthood, which will be a blow to their self-esteem.
- Limit social media use: Studies have shown that being ignored or receiving negative feedback on social media harms self-esteem. While cutting out social media completely is difficult and unrealistic for most parents to control, limiting social media use can help kids feel less dependent on online gratification for their self-worth.
- Perform acts of kindness, such as volunteering: Helping others gives children a sense of accomplishment and pride. It feels good to see what a difference you can make.
- Participate in after-school activities: Playing a sport or joining band or other clubs boosts confidence and improves social skills.
- Stop talking negatively about themselves: If your child has a habit of saying things like “I’m so stupid” or “I can’t do anything right,” don’t just let it slide. Encourage them to stop focusing on the negative and start finding the positive things about themselves.