Parents have the greatest opportunity for building their children’s self-esteem. A child who feels good about himself or herself is more likely to be successful at school and in life. Here are some tips of building your child’s self-esteem:
- Praise your child often. Offer praise in front of other family members and friends.
- Include your child in family discussions. Listen to what your child has to say and show respect for his or her thoughts and opinions.
- Do not compare your child to other children. Accept your child’s short comings and give positive recognition for his or her strengths.
- Tell your child you love him or her.
- Let your child know that you understand his or her feelings.
- Let your child know that you will be there for him or her whenever your child has a problem or worry.
- Leave notes with special messages for your child----when you leave the house, in your child’s lunch bag or under his or her pillow.
- Around Thanksgiving time and throughout the year, thank your child for being so special.