Here are the Top 10 Tips to build children’s self-esteem:
- Let them know you love them.
- Teach skills so they feel able to do things.
- Support trying new things.
- Praise effort, not just success.
- Praise what kids can control (hard-work), not genetics (intelligence).
- Listen to and accept their feelings.
- View mistakes as a time to learn.
- Make sure children follow through with things they need to do.
- Use household chores to teach responsibility.
- Find and build upon their strengths.
Self-esteem is the opinion one has of oneself. It is made up of how lovable and capable a child feels. Having these two beliefs helps a child overcome set-backs and persist when the going gets tough. Self-esteem plays a large role in whether a child will be successful.
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.” Self-esteem defines how willing a person is to try new things. It impacts how he reacts when bad things happen. It also determines how content he is with his life.
In short, a person’s level of self-esteem shapes his ability to reach his goals.