How to Improve Self-Esteem

Children are confronted with new and often challenging situations throughout their development, constantly learning and acquiring skills as they build their relationships with others. Throughout this process, having good self-esteem is essential. 

High self-esteem implies a good self-concept, knowledge of one’s strengths, and confidence to face challenges. Also, having self-respect allows them to better deal with frustration and establish healthy relationships with their peers. The good news is that self-esteem is a skill that you can work on at a young age, and there are some tools one can use at home to help children have a better view of themselves. 

Here are three tips to try:

  1. Build positive relationships. Children need to feel loved and valued by their family, because this will largely determine their ability to adapt to their surroundings. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes, but having  unconditional love from our parents during difficult times, will help us face life’s obstacles and make us feel valuable.
  2. Encourage autonomy. Children must have some independence and let them experience their world freely. Giving them tasks based on  age and maturity can stimulate a sense of responsibility. It is a way of giving them a vote of confidence. We can, for example, have them do small household chores such as picking up toys, helping set the table, or even taking care of a pet.
  3. Manage emotions. Children need to learn both how to express their emotions and feelings; and how to validate them when necessary. Therefore, it is essential to practice active listening: ask them how they feel, listen to them, and validate their feelings, without judging or minimizing what they share. It can also be a good idea to show them alternatives to manage emotions like anger.

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