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9 ways to help your child grow a healthy self-esteem

Published Sep 22, 2020

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A healthy self-esteem is one of the most important personal traits a person can have, and this applies not only to adults, but to young children as well.

Self-esteem provides the basis for personal achievement and a poor health esteem can be as damaging to an individual as a good self-esteem is to personal growth and development.

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When children feel good about themselves, they are likely to try new things on their own, and when they accomplish this on their own, their self-confidence rises.

But self-esteem can only grow when we, as parents pay attention to the little details, and ensure that our children have a healthy dose of self-esteem to carry them through each day.

According to the School of Psychology, these tips can help you recognize and grow your child's self-esteem to healthy levels:

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1. Value your child - encourage your children to be their true selves. Value each child for who they are and see them as whole beings

2. Respect their preferences - allow your child to have his/her own personal preferences and feelings, which may be different from your own

3. Engage them in activities - encourage them to become actively involved in their community, and introduce them to activities that promote a sense of accomplishment

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4. Praise good behaviour - teach your child to make positive choices, and praise them for good deeds, behaviour and positive traits they possess

5. Provide inclusive books - provide books that are inclusive, avoid media that stereotype any group of people, and when you see stereotypes or discrimination have an open discussion with them about inclusivity

6. Be a good listener - by listening to our children, we are teaching them they have a voice worth being heard

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7. Encourage questions - If your child has questions on differences in characteristics or cultural practices, discuss openly with them

8. Create opportunities for interaction - try to create opportunities for children to interact and make friends with people who are different from them

9. Teach them about culture - teach children about who they are and their family culture and family traditions.

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