There are few worse feelings as a parent than watching your child’s self-worth fall like a ton of bricks. It can be downright soul-crushing.
And while you can’t stop your child from harshly judging how their abilities and bodies match up to others, there are a number of things you can do to provide support. Here are 7 proven ways to build up your kid’s self-esteem:
- Encourage them to focus on the skills they have and then show them how to use those skills.
- Help them set the type of reasonable emotional, intellectual, and social expectations that they can easily attain.
- Listen, pay attention, and offer unconditional support that is fueled by your non-judgmental love.
- Help them find additional sources of support, such as teachers, friends, or mentors.
- Give them the chance to build their resilience by letting them fail on occasion.
- Catch them in the act while they’re being (and doing) good – and then offer heartfelt words of appreciation and praise.
- Be a positive role model by showing them what it means to have a healthy self-esteem.
Whatever your kid is going through affects you. By using the strategies above, you can ensure that they soon start feeling better about themselves and their place in the world.