"You is kind; you is smart; you is important"-The Help
Self-esteem, we could all use a little more of it, right? When children are young, it is common to hear them says things like, "I'm the best at _______," or "Look what I can do!" When they start going to school and interacting with more people, we tend to hear these phrases less and less, as they start to compare themselves with others. How can parents foster their child's good self-image at a young age that can continue with them as they grow?
Sarah Henry (2013), with the Baby Center, gives great advice on how to do this. She offers 10 ways to build a child's self-esteem:
- Give unconditional love
- Pay attention
- Teach limits
- Support healthy risks
- Let mistakes happen
- Celebrate the positive
- Listen well
- Resist comparisons
- Offer empathy
- Provide encouragement
For the complete article, click here.
Another one I'd like to add is:
- Give them a good example to follow