If the self-esteem is not exactly as supposed to, this can translate into anxiety, frustration, and kids that think poorly of themselves. You, as a parent, have an extremely important role in sustaining and helping your kid’s self-esteem.
A “can-do” attitude and the concept of success appears pretty early in a kid’s life. Plus, other’s encouragement, support and love (parents, mostly, in the firsts years) make a great deal in this picture. But as kids grow, their level of self-esteem fluctuates, as he’s affected by new experiences and perceptions.
Be aware of your child’s signs! He doesn’t want or he’s afraid to learn or do new things, or if he thinks poorly about himself, saying that “I can’t” or “Why should I? Nobody cares anyway”?
These are bad signs. They are critical with themselves and they are characterized by a certain pessimism, compared to the kids with a healthy self-esteem, who pretty much enjoy interacting with others, they are independent, challenging, and with a great deal of optimism.
How can you help improve your child’s self-esteem? Be honest, truthful and watch what you say. You should praise him, not only for one success, but for his attempt to. A child’s effort to do something right should always be noticed. Be a role model for your kid! If you nurture your own self-esteem, your child will have a great role model. Give positive and accurate feedback, love and cover him with the attention and love he needs. Help your child see things for what they are and teach them to see a certain situation in its true light.
Involve your kid as much as you can in your life, play with him, find interesting things to do together and make him feel loved!