8 Tips to Help Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is one factor that we tend to forget when considering a child’s development, even though it is a crucial backbone to them maturing and growing into a functioning adult. In this article, we’ll take a look at some ways you can help boost your child’s self-esteem, so that they will be well-equipped for the future.
If you want your child to feel independent, give them choices that will allow them to feel that way. These choices don’t have to be huge or demanding. They can be simple: what would you like for breakfast? Would you like to go to the park today? What would you like to wear?
Knowing that they can choose, and that their choices matter, will boost their self-esteem and make them feel confident.
Nobody is perfect. We’ve all made mistakes in our time, and your child is no different. Let them know that it is okay to make mistakes if they think on how to correct them. Make a strength out of a weakness.
Our self-esteem grows when we achieve goals we have set and accomplished, so give your child a goal to work towards. This could be learning how to draw a dragon, how to write the letter A, or even how to ride a bike.
When we feel cherished and accepted, we feel good about ourselves. Praising our children helps accomplish that. However, praise wisely. When complimenting your child, give specific and true compliments. Instead of saying, “You’re the best artist in the world!”, say, “I like how you use the colour blue.”
These specific compliments feel sincerer, and your child will appreciate that.
Praise only when it’s true. If your child missed a goal playing netball, don’t tell them that they’re an incredible shot. Tell them the truth: that they didn’t play so well today but that’s alright, because there’s always tomorrow.
This can-do attitude will serve them better in the long run.
Let your children help around the house. Being productive and seeing their work pay off will make them feel good about themselves, and will allow their self-esteem to develop naturally.
Give your child some space to grow, and allow them to take risks. This could be signing up for a sport that they’re not good at (yet), riding a bike for the first time, or even starting to help you cook.
If the risk doesn’t pay off and they spill the tomato pasta sauce or fall off the bike, let them deal with it. Encourage them to respond to their failures.
Early Learning Schools
Give your child the best possible boost you can, and enrol them in an early learning school. Early learning schools help build your child’s self-esteem by giving them access to a variety of developmental situations. Your child will develop their social skills, all the while learning important life lessons.
At Hamersley Early Learning School, we respect that every child is different, but aim to help them grow into happy and confident people. For more information on us, and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.