Building Your Child’s Self- Esteem
Self-esteem is a sense of believing in ones own potential or it can be described as self- worth or self- respect. When a child feels himself lovable and capable and when he or she is confident and proud of his accomplishment and the child feels important and accepted we can say that the child has self esteem.
A child needs a healthy self-esteem to grow up as a responsible individual who can accept any challenge and hardships and failure or success and contribute to the development of society and his individual growth.
Children having low self-esteem do not believe in themselves. They overlook their abilities and talent. Due to lack of confidence and fear of failure they avoid challenges. And when they feel they are not worthy, it reflects on their behavior and performance. Often they get angry on themselves and blame others for their failure. They develop a habit of giving excuses for not being successful.
No one is born with self-esteem. It is the responsibility of parents to raise their children’s self-esteem. Children develop self worth and self respect to the extent they are valued. There are some specific ways following which parents can raise the self-esteem of their child.
Focus on the strength of your children and encourage them to develop confidence on that field by showing your appreciation. Your words of praise will build his or her self confidence.
Be a role model
Develop your own self-esteem. Children watch their parents from the day they are born. If you are pessimistic or lack self confidence, child will develop the same characteristic. So you must nurture your own self-esteem. Child will follow you as a role model.
To boost your child’s self-esteem show your love and affection and reward them for their good work.
Create loving Environment
Environment of your home should be loving and peaceful. If there are frequent quarrels among family members and kids are abused they suffer low self esteem. Create a healthy atmosphere at home and give respect to your child. In turn they will respect you.
Accept your child how he or she is. Sometimes parent’s high expectation creates disappointment among both parents and children and they suffer from low self-esteem.
Give responsibility of certain work to children. And if once in a while they fail to accomplish the task, don’t blame them. Encourage them to try again.