Self-Esteem

 

It’s important to foster self-esteem in your child.  A child who feels good about him/herself will feel capable, confident, and worthy. 

 

Build your child’s confidence and feelings of worth

  • focus on the strengths of your child
  • focus on what’s good about the situation
  • accept your child as he/she is
  • have faith in your child
  • teach and encourage your child to try new things
  • recognize his/her efforts
  • believe in your child
  • respect your child
  • praise him/her for their efforts and improvements
  • spend time with your child (play, cuddle, read, sing, talk and listen)
  • provide structure and consistent routines (mealtimes, bedtime, discipline)
  • have realistic expectations
  • avoid comparing
  • avoid encouraging competition

 

Encouraging Words

  • “I like the way you…..”
  • “I know you can……”
  • “ I appreciate that you…..”
  • “It looks like you worked very hard….”
  • “You’re improving…”

 

 

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