A Sense of Self-Esteem

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”

~ Anna Freud 

The way your child feels about him or herself is wrapped up in the term “self-esteem”. While there are many components necessary to build a child’s self-esteem, Harris Clemes and Reynold Bean in their book, How to Raise Your Child’s Self-Esteem, believe that there are certain conditions that need to be present for children to develop self-esteem. One of these conditions is having a Sense of Models:

Sense of Models (Having healthy standards and examples)
  • Knows people who are worthy models
  • Can tell right from wrong
  • Has a broad range of experiences
  • Develops the ability to work toward goals
  • Has a sense of order and priority in his life 
To Increase a Child’s Sense of Models, a Parent can:
  • be good role models yourselves to the extent and in areas that you are able
  • broaden his range of experiences and exposure to different people who can also be role models
  • help him to talk about and understand his own beliefs
  • help him to set reasonable and achievable goals
  • share your beliefs without imposing them
  • state your own expectations and standards clearly
  • keep order in the family by communicating rules and limits clearly
  • help him understand the consequences of his behavior

By Claire Gawinowicz, Certified Parenting Educator

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One Response to A Sense of Self-Esteem

  1. I nered to to thank you for this wonderful read!!

    I absolutely loved every little bit of it.
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