How to Teach Self-Esteem

By May 13, 2019Parenting

There is a strong correlation between high self-esteem and a person’s overall health, including social, emotional and behavioral.  But, how do we ensure that our children develop the highest amount of self-esteem possible? A posting in “Very Well Family” by Katherine Lee, does a great job of underscoring the importance of instilling self-confidence in our kids and gives suggestions for parents to follow.

So what can parents do?

  • Show your child love every day – either give a hug, or snuggle, or simply remind your child verbally
  • Play with your child and have fun – your actions will let your child know that you enjoy spending time together
  • Give your child responsibilities and chores – these jobs allow a child to feel a sense of accomplishment once the task is completed
  • Allow your child some independence – kids need to figure some tasks out on their own
  • Teach your child that setbacks and failures are learning opportunities
  • Don’t ever insult or belittle your child
  • Put down the phone – your child show feel that you giving your undivided attention to them
  • Teach your kids that self-confidence is not arrogance – identify the balance between self-esteem and caring about others
  • Let your child create and show off their work – demonstrating their work allows children to understand that their opinion matters

The advice is meaningful and on-target.  Self-esteem is a critical foundation to a child’s mental and emotional health and how they are able to navigate through the numerous life challenges they will face.

During this difficult time, we are here for you, as we always have been, to help consider safe, educational and therapeutic opportunities for your adolescent/young adult.