Healthy self-esteem is one of the best gifts parents can give their child. A positive sense of self needs to be built right from childhood. While it is not uncommon to see parents showering their kids with positive reaffirmations and cheering for them, there are several other important aspects of building a positive sense of self, that we often miss out on. We list down some novel tips to build self-esteem in your children. Read on to know how you can help your child grow up with a positive sense of self.
Don’t do everything for them As parents, it is crucial that you understand the concept of letting your child do his/her own thing. It will not only help them become independent but will also help in the development of new skills. For example, you can teach your child to set up the dining table for meals and get dressed on their own. Remember, there is a difference between pampering them and doing literally everything for them. Stop the comparison If your child does not live up to your expectations, it is important that you think before reacting. On top of it, comparing them to their classmates and fellow friends will only demotivate them further. Teach them to help with household chores It is important that the parents allot certain responsibilities to their kids so that they start helping around the house. This habit will help them feel valued as an individual. As a parent, you can ask them to help in cleaning the house, making their own bed or carrying their breakfast. Help them embrace their failures While most parents try to be the cushion when their children fail at something, it actually acts counterproductive. Instead, parents are advised to encourage them to get up after a fall and explain it to them that nobody is perfect. This will sow the seeds of self-love right from childhood in your kids.
Do not over-praise them When you over-praise your child, you teach them to be satisfied with what they have, instead of pushing themselves more. As a parent, you need to help your kid find the delicate balance between trying to aim for perfection and not being insecure with where they are right now. Practise what you preach It is no brainer that children imitate their parent’s behaviour. You need to love yourself enough before you instill self-esteem and self-love in your kids. Celebrate your successes, learn from your failures and let your child be the witness to it all.
Support their hobbies and passions The simplest way to build a positive sense of self in your child is to be the wind beneath their wings. Strike a conversation with them on a daily basis and encourage their interests and dreams. Teach them the skill of saying ‘NO’ Teaching your children to take their own stand is very important. They will appreciate it later in life.
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