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  • Writer's pictureShannon Kelly

How to Foster Healthy Self-Esteem in Children?

How parents can help build self-esteem in children?

Building self-esteem in children is an important aspect of parenting. Here are some strategies that can help:

1. Provide positive reinforcement: Reinforce positive behavior and accomplishments by acknowledging and praising your child. Focus on their strengths and unique qualities, rather than criticizing their weaknesses.

2. Encourage independence: Encourage your child to take on age-appropriate responsibilities and to make their own decisions. This will help them develop a sense of competence and self-reliance.

3. Foster positive relationships: Encourage your child to form positive relationships with others, and to participate in activities and hobbies that they enjoy.

4. Teach coping skills: Teach your child coping skills and strategies for managing their emotions and stress, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and problem-solving.

5. Avoid over-criticism: Avoid criticizing or belittling your child, and instead focus on offering constructive feedback and support.

6. Encourage effort, not just results: Emphasize the importance of effort and hard work, rather than just the end result. This will help your child develop a growth mindset and a sense of resilience.

7. Set achievable goals: Help your child set achievable goals, and provide support and encouragement as they work towards them.

Creative Sky Psychology supports the growth of children, teens, and parents. We aim to build a child or teen's self-esteem to promote their emotional, social, and educational development. Building self-esteem takes time, and can be a gradual process that requires patience, effort, and support from both parents and professionals.

Low self-esteem in children can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

1. Negative self-talk: Children who engage in negative self-talk, such as putting themselves down or focusing on their weaknesses, are more likely to have low self-esteem.

2. Criticism and negative feedback: Children who are frequently criticized or receive negative feedback from others are more likely to have low self-esteem.

3. Lack of positive reinforcement: Children who do not receive positive reinforcement or praise for their accomplishments and positive behaviors may have low self-esteem.

4. Comparison to others: Children who compare themselves unfavorably to others, or who feel like they are not measuring up to expectations, are more likely to have low self-esteem.

5. Traumatic experiences: Children who have experienced trauma, such as abuse, neglect, or bullying, are more likely to have low self-esteem.

6. Mental health conditions: Children with mental health conditions, such as ADHD, Depression or Anxiety, are more likely to have low self-esteem. Treatment for such conditions often creates a dramatic improvement in a child or teen's self-esteem.

Creative Sky Psychology supports children and teens with low self-esteem by examining the underlying cause or root of low self-esteem. By understanding the cause of a child or teen's low self-esteem, parents and professionals can work to provide support, encouragement, and positive reinforcement to help children and teens build their self-esteem and develop healthy self-concepts.

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