Building Self-esteem in Your Children

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These are the meaning of self-esteem,characteristics of children with high and low self-esteem, factors in building self-esteem of children, how to help children build self-esteem and factors that affect self-esteem of a child. Click on the link below to read about them:

Two children becoming friend.

What does self-esteem mean?

Self-esteem is a way where children evaluate or feel about themselves.

What are the characteristics of children with high self-esteem?

These children are:

  • Easy-going.
  • Keen to do new activities.
  • Easy to cooperate and obedient.
  • Can control their manners.
  • Play with others and by his/her own.
  • Creative and have distinctive ideas.
  • Cheerful, enthusiastic and easy to interact.

What are the characteristics of children with low self-esteem?

They are:

  • Not happy.
  • Lacked of self-confidence.
  • Feeling useless.
  • Always feel tired.
  • Always thinking of bad things.
  • Inferiority complex or low confidence.
  • Often fail in school.

What are positive factors for self-esteem?

Factors contributing to self-esteem:

  • Love
  • Safety
  • Guidance
  • Appreciation
  • Encouragement

How you can help to build high self-esteem in your child?

You should:

  • Give praise to every success even it is a small success.
  • Give sincere love and affection.
  • Show interest to every problem, activity or project done by your child.
  • Explain what can be and cannot be done.
  • Try to avoid all negative doings and the beginning of angers.
  • Give appreciation to all you child assistance and cooperation or any decent speech given by him/her.
  • Pay with love for all his or her good manners.
  • If your child does something that you do not like, isolate the negative thing and manner from the positive thing you say. For example “I do not like you throwing your toys away, but I still love you.”

Factors which can affect the self-esteem in children.

  • Having too much or least hope on the children.
  • Scolding or snarling the children especially in the presence of others.
  • Call the children with bad words such as slow, foolish, lazy etc.
  • Too defending or not giving attention to the children.
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