Helping Your Child Build Self-Esteem
Children sometimes have difficulty building and maintaining positive levels of self-esteem,
especially when they reach their pre-teen and teenage years. Peer pressure, the
challenges of growing up, school work and the need to learn new skills can all get in the
way of a healthy self-esteem level. If you feel that your child's self-esteem could use a
boost, here are some tips you can use that could help.
Point Out the Positive
Too many times parents are quick to point out things a child does wrong, without
celebrating and recognizing the things they do right. Try to make a point to notice and
acknowledge the things your child does well, even if they may seem like small things. Of
course, you should always make sure to be sincere in your positive comments, as children
have a knack for sensing insincere compliments.
Celebrate Their Accomplishments
Supporting and celebrating your child's accomplishments is another great way to help build
their self-esteem. For example, if your child plays sports, try to attend as many games as
possible. Taking photos at the games, which you can then display in picture frames, is also
a great way of showing your child that you notice and support their accomplishments. Even
if your child eventually decides that a particular sport is not for them, they will likely benefit
from the experience of trying it.
Teach Your Child the Joy of Helping Others
Helping others in need is one of the best ways of feeling good about one's self. Encourage
your child to get involved with volunteer work, help other children, or even assist their
elderly relatives. Your child will just naturally build his or her self-esteem level, while also
gaining some valuable experience. If possible, take a few photos of your child participating
in volunteer activities. By displaying the photos prominently in picture frames around your
home, you'll be demonstrating your support of your child's activities and efforts. Giving your
child opportunities to help around the house is another great way to help build their self-
esteem. By doing so, your child will learn valuable skills, while developing a deeper sense
of confidence in their own abilities and skills.
Encourage Your Child to Try New Things
Although trying new things can sometimes be a bit stressful for children, it can be a good
way for them to learn how much they can actually accomplish if they just try. Taking up a
new sport, joining a club, or just getting involved in a new hobby or activity can be a great
way of building self-confidence and self-esteem. Your child might just discover a new
passion, or even learn skills that could lead to a future career. Trying new things can also
be a great learning experience, encouraging them to broaden their intellectual horizons.
You should also take photos of your child participating in these activities whenever
possible. Display a few of these photos in picture frames around the house, as a sign of
your support of your child's new found interests. In fact, your child might even want to
display a few of the photos in their own room.