Self-esteem is your child’s pass to a lifetime of mental health and happiness. It’s the foundation of a child’s well-being and the key to success and happiness as an adult. At all ages, how you feel about yourself affects the way you react to situations. Children with high self-esteem feel loved and competent and develop into happy, productive people.
Children with good self-esteem tend to feel proud of a job well done and are prepared for everyday challenges, whereas kids with low self-esteem often are self-critical and are hard on themselves and doubt their ability to do things.
Here are a few parenting tips to help raise a confident child.
Give them choices
Giving children choices makes them feel empowered. For example, at breakfast you might offer your child the option of eggs or salad. Learning to make simple choices while your kid is young will help prepare them for the more difficult decisions.
“No one is perfect”
Explain that no one is perfect and you don’t expect them to be. The way you react to your child’s mistakes and disappointments affects the way he/she will react.
Don’t offer insincere praise
Kids are masters at detecting insincere praise or baseless compliments. Praise your child often, but be specific in your compliments so your words don’t ring the same tune.
Do assign age-appropriate household chores
Give children responsibility for tasks such as setting the table, walking the dog, and folding laundry. They’ll increase their feelings of competency and bolster their problem-solving skills. Accomplishing these tasks will boost their confidence, so it’s important to give you’re the right chores.
Don’t draw comparisons between your children
Instead, appreciate each one’s individuality and special gifts. It’s important that you do not compare your child’s performance/ skills to any other kid.
Download the Mai app to improve your child’s skill in self-awareness and also assess your child’s skill in expressing feelings.