Ways to Help Your Child Build Self Esteem
Let’s look at ways to help your child build self esteem. Self-esteem is the way in which an individual perceives him or herself. Parents contribute greatly to a child’s self-esteem, and a parents’ perceptions and expectations of their child affect their child greatly. A healthy sense of self-esteem will help your child to flourish at school, at home and in the world.
Here are 3 ways to help your child build self-esteem.
1. Provide Trust and Security.
Children need to feel safe and secure in order to grow. Believe in your child and treat them as an honest person. Give your child opportunities to grow and flourish in an environment that suits them, whether that means fostering their interest in sports, theater or something else they choose.
2. Empower Them.
Give your children the opportunity to make real choices and decisions. Of course, allow them to make age-appropriate decisions, but let them have the opportunity to experience mistakes and failure. Failure within reason shows your kids that mistakes are not the end of the world, and are a normal part of growth and learning. Give constructive feedback and be a source of encouragement for your child.
3. Be a Role Model.
It is difficult to help your kids develop a healthy sense of self-esteem if you yourself struggle with self-esteem. Think about the way you talk about yourself, and ask yourself if you would treat a good friend the way you treat yourself. Focus on your strengths, and build up other family members by avoiding excessive criticism.
A health coach can be instrumental in helping family members work toward a common goal and develop a healthy family dynamic. Consider working with KareBoost’s health coach to set your family on the right path towards developing healthy habits. Developing your child’s healthy sense of self-esteem will provide them with lifelong tools to grow and flourish.
Our Health Coaches work with kids, adults and families. Let’s build your healthy family together!
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach