Low self-esteem can have a substantial impact throughout your child’s life. Due to this, it is extremely beneficial to ensure that you take extra steps to foster high levels of self-esteem in your children. At Corner Canyon Academy, our curriculum is designed to help your children foster confidence and build self-esteem throughout their time with us. Here are a few tips for helping your child build self-esteem.
Enroll in Pre-School
When you enroll your child in pre-school, they will gain an array of new skills and experiences. They learn how to accomplish tasks for themselves, as well as develop interpersonal and communication skills. By learning all of these new things, pre-school can provide substantial improvements that will help your child build self-esteem.
Be a Good Role Model
Children learn from their parents. If you have self-esteem problems and allow your children to see the impact of your low self-esteem, it is far more likely that they will develop low self-esteem, as well. Working on your own self-esteem and confidence levels can help you to pass these behaviors on to your children.
Encourage your children to express their feelings can often help them build self-esteem. This is an important aspect of helping them learn how to regulate their emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms, as well.
Benefits of Self-Esteem
High self-esteem can help to provide an array of benefits for your children. A child with high self-esteem will have higher levels of confidence and they will feel proud of what they can do and accomplish. They will be more likely to feel accepted and liked, as well as practice positive when they are thinking about themselves. Children with higher levels of self-esteem will believe in themselves and their own abilities.
Signs that your Child Has Low Self-Esteem
A child that has low self-esteem will exhibit several signs. If you notice these signs, it may be time to ensure that you take active steps to improve their self-esteem and help them build their confidence. Children with low self-esteem tend to be particularly critical of and hard on themselves. They tend to spend time ruminating on their failures and will lack confidence. A child with low self-esteem will doubt their abilities and will often feel as though they are not as good as other children.
Help Them Learn to Do Things
One way to help your child build self-esteem is by helping them learn to do things. It’s like the saying: “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” When you do things for your children, they’ll never learn how to do them for themselves. However, when you teach them how to do things, they will become more confident in their own abilities.
Praise can be a critical tool in building the self-esteem of your children. It is important to ensure that you are careful with praise. Over-praise, for example, has been shown to have an adverse impact on the self-esteem of children. You should also avoid praising fixed qualities, such as appearance or intelligence. Praising effort can help them to build self-esteem and learn how to work hard.
Let Them Make Choices
Feeling in control and being able to make choices can help a child to feel more confident. Feeling out of control often creates higher levels of anxiety, as well as long-term issues. By allowing your child to make some choices, you will be able to foster their own confidence in themselves.
Give them Responsibility
Giving your child responsibility will further be able to help build self-esteem. However, when you do this, you will want to ensure that the responsibility is appropriate for their age. Assigning age-appropriate chores can often help to build self-esteem.
At Corner Canyon Academy, we start your children on the path to a successful future. When you want to help your child build self-esteem, enrolling them in our school can be a great step to help them develop many valuable skills. For more information about our curriculum or how preschool can help your child build self-esteem, contact us at Corner Canyon Academy today!