This article, entitled "Building Our Kids' Self Esteem" comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.
One of the best things we can do for our children is to provide a nurturing and loving home environment on which to build a good foundation for their future.
If you are raising tweens or teens, this is especially true because of the huge role social media plays in how they view themselves. Below are some good “blocks” on which to build good self-esteem no matter your child’s age!
- Be a good role model through your own words and actions. Children are often a “reflection” of their parents.
- Teach your children that how they feel on the inside is just as important as how they look on the outside.
- It’s easy to sometimes only see what your child is doing wrong. Remember to also focus on what they are doing right!! Positive praise goes a lot further than negative attention. This is especially important if your child has special needs.
- Expecting your child to be “perfect” at everything they ever do is unrealistic. Teach your children that it is okay to fail. It is sometimes a difficult, but essential life skill to master. Encourage your child to always try their best and acknowledge their progress.
- Resist the temptation to compare your child to other children or even their siblings.
- Even toddlers can help out around the house. Teaching them young that they are valued and are contributing to your household and the family unit will bring them a self-confidence that will carry over to other parts of their lives.
- It’s impossible to control every aspect of your child’s life as much as we would like to think we can. If you do everything for them, how will they learn to do things for themselves?
- Love should always be unconditional.
To read more from Cathy, visit bountifulplate.blogspot.com