Building Your Child's Self Esteem

Building you​ Child's Self Esteem

It's often been said that children learn what they live. So if​ ​ you're looking for​ a ​ place to ​ start helping your​ child build positive self esteem and​ self value, then you​ should show them your​ positive sense of​ ​ self and​ strong self esteem. Be positive when you​ speak about yourself and​ highlight your​ strengths. this​ will teach your​ child that it's okay to ​ be proud of​ ​ their talents, skills and​ abilities.

your​ child also benefits greatly from honest and​ positive praise. Find something about them to ​ praise each day. you​ could even give your​ child a ​ task you​ know they can complete and​ then praise them for​ a ​ job well done after they're finished. Show your​ child that positive acts merit positive praise.

When your​ child's feeling sad, angry or depressed, communicate openly, honestly and​ patiently with them. Listen to ​ them without judging or criticizing. They may not fully understand​ why they feel the way they do, so the opportunity to ​ communicate with you​ about it ​ may be what's needed to ​ help them sort through a ​ difficult situation. Suggest positive behaviors and​ options as solutions, and​ make sure to ​ leave that door of​ ​ communication​ open so they know the next time they feel badly, they can come to ​ you​ for​ help and​ know that you​ won't judge or punish them for​ how they're feeling.

Teach your​ child the importance of​ ​ setting goals and​ developing a ​ plan to ​ meet that goal and​ complete that task. Small projects are the best to ​ start off with in​ ​ the beginning. Ensure that it's an appropriate task for​ your​ child, and​ not too complex. Don't only give praise at the end of​ ​ the project, but praise their accomplishments during the project as well.

Most importantly, tell your​ child I love you​ each and​ every day - many times throughout the day, in​ ​ fact. When they've behaved badly, remind yourself that it's not them you​ don't like, only their behavior. Tuck short, sweet notes in​ ​ their lunchboxes or coat pockets, or even send them a ​ card in​ ​ the mail. Soon, they'll learn to ​ say I love you​ just as easily and​ honestly in​ ​ return.

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