It is heartbreaking to see a child you love with low or no self-esteem. It’s important to start tackling low self-esteem in children as soon as you recognize it. If you can solve this problem before it becomes too entrenched in their personality, they will be able to thrive.
Our self-esteem is basically how we feel about ourselves in relation to those around us. It is our ability to determine our own worth. Unfortunately, some children’s self-esteem is damaged and they don’t feel very good about themselves.
No parent or loved one of a child wants the child to suffer from low self-esteem. In many cases they’re not even sure what caused it. Children can develop self-esteem issues because they’re overweight or very tall for their age and children in school make fun of them.
The media may also be a culprit for a child’s lack of self-esteem. They don’t look like their friends or actors and actresses on television, so they think something is wrong with them. Adults may also expect too much of children. Perhaps the child doesn’t make the grades their parents or siblings made, so they feel pressured to do better and then feel bad when they fail.
How do you recognize children with low self-esteem? They may brag, boast or lie about things to make themselves feel better. They may blame others for something they’ve done wrong or for not completing work they were asked to do. Another thing children with self-esteem problems sometimes do is bully other children or act out in anger. It’s likely they’re also hesitant to try new things.
Once you’ve determined your child lacks confidence, how do you go about tackling their low self-esteem? Here are some ideas you may want to try.
No parent wants their child to feel bad about themselves; however, it can happen. Tackling low self-esteem in children is important so they can excel in life rather than struggle. Use some of the ideas above and you may be able to help your child’s self-esteem improve.
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