Child’s self-esteem takes an important role in shaping our children’s personalities. It is what makes them feel good about themselves and confident in their abilities. It has a huge impact on how they feel, thinks, and behave. Knowing that; Low self-esteem can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, and many other problems.
1- What is a child’s self-esteem?
A child’s self-esteem is the measure of their perception of themselves. It is how they view themselves and what they think about themselves. It can be linked to how well they do in school and how popular they are with their peers. Children develop self-esteem through their experiences, especially with parents and other adults who care for them. They learn to trust themselves and their abilities by being encouraged, praised, and supported in difficult tasks. They also learn to value themselves by seeing adults value them too.
Children’s self-esteem can be impacted by many different things. These are some of the most common:
1) Their physical appearance
2) Their academic performance
3) Social skills
4) The way their parents treat them
5) The way teachers treat them at school
7) The way they are educated.
3- What Causes Children‘s Low Self-Esteem?
Low self-esteem is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. It is important to understand what causes low self-esteem in children’s lives, and how to overcome it.
Low self-esteem can be caused by many factors, including:
- The way parents talk to their kids.
- The way your kid’s peers talk to, and treat him.
- Your relationship with teachers or other adults
- Your kid’s appearance or body image.
- What kids do and don’t like about themselves.
- What’s going on at home, school, or elsewhere in your children’s life.
4- How to increase your child’s self-esteem?
The foundation of a child’s self-esteem is set in early childhood. Parents need to spend time with their children and make them feel loved and appreciated. This will help them develop a sense of self-worth. This can be done in many ways. One way to do that is by giving them opportunities to have success and learn from their failures. Another way is by showing them that you believe in them, even when they don’t believe in themselves. It’s important to praise your child when they do something well or when they try hard at something new, even if it doesn’t go well the first time around or if it takes some practice before they get it right!
Parents can also teach their kids about the importance of education. They can show them that they are capable of achieving great things and that they should never stop trying.
Here are some simple, quick, but important actions parents can do to build up their children’s self-esteem:
– Praise your children for their achievements: Children love it when praising them, everybody knows it. Yet, parents forget that fact sometimes and ignore how important it is for our children’s self-esteem conception. This praise gives the kids a sense of achievement. This sense alone can take their self-esteem level to the moon!
– Show them you care with affection and attention: Parents have to be involved in every action kids take. and make them feel you care for what they do or say, no matter how small, or irrelevant it is.
– Let them know you are proud of them: Expressing your pride towards your kid, is a key to building their self-esteem. No matter what the outcome of their action is, showing how proud of your kids for their try, and hard work is a must.
– Spend more time with your kid: Spending time with your children shows them how important they are to you, which increases their self-esteem and confidence drastically.
– Show them regularly your unconditional love: Hug them every moment with no reason, kiss them, praise them…It will be magic!
– Teach your children to be responsible: When you let children know they are responsible for their acts, they get a sense of importance, and they feel they are respected, and considered. That builds up their self-esteem strongly.
– Encourage your kids independent: Let your kids have their own opinions about things, people, etc. This will leave a positive psychological impact on them as they grow. Consequently, they will have no fear or hesitation in expressing their opinions in front of people, at school, or elsewhere.