Building Self Esteem
- Have your child make a “book” about themselves, with their own illustrations and wording. “A Book About Me” is a great way to help your child see herself as “somebody.”
- Help your child discover their roots by talking with family members during holidays and other visits.
- Constantly look for ways to tell your children what you like about them, that you love them. There is no age limit on this. “When I do something well, no one ever remembers. When I do something wrong, no one ever forgets.” Those words were written by a high school dropout.
- Let kids overhear you praising them to others.
- Try “King/Queen for a Day” for good report cards.
- Help kids learn from problems, not be devastated by them. Many parents don’t ever use the word “failure.” They may talk about a “glitch,” a “problem,” or a “snag.” But even when something doesn’t work out as they’d planned, successful people try to learn something from the experience.