Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Develop Your Child's Self-Esteem

A healthy self-esteem is a major factor for success in life. To develop a positive self-concept is extremely important. Kids who feel good about themselves seem to enjoy life more and they are more optimistic than does kids with low self-esteems. Kids who feel good about themselves also have an easier time handling conflicts. They act independently and they take pride in their accomplishments. Children with healthy self-esteem tend to be more tolerant. Remember that patterns of self-esteem develop early in life. A child will try, fail and try again until he or she accomplishes what they want. This is how children learn about their abilities, their strength and limitations.

As parents, we can help our child foster a good self-esteem. Keep in mind that we have to watch what we say to our children because they are very sensitive to our words. Tell your child that you are proud of his or her efforts. Praise them when they do something good and don not speak to them negatively. Be a positive role model. You are a hero in your child’s eyes, so do not be pessimistic when thing go wrong. Be affectionate with your child and do not be afraid to tell them how much you love them.

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