Self Esteem is Beautiful
Self-esteem is best defined as feeling good about yourself, feeling confident, accepted, valued. Older kids and adults often evaluate criticism or praise in their own way. Younger kids don’t always equate these feelings to an evaluation of themselves. When a young kid says, ‘I’m a good boy’ he is usually answering to some adult who has said it to him. He is not deciding for himself that he is a good person.
Young kids count on good feelings to help them grow in confidence and emotional well being. Self-esteem for them is a mixture of feeling happy, confident, secure, important and feeling they fit in.
Observing self-esteem in your Kids
You can see self-esteem in a kid’s behavior. If you spend time watching your kids you can find out if they have high self-esteem or low self-esteem. If they tend to not play with others they might have low self-esteem. They may also have low self-esteem if they are angry a lot.
If a kid appears to be happy going about their tasks, confident, prepared to take risks and comfortable in mixing with other children you could say they have high self-esteem. In normal circumstances nothing much will disturb them.
These behaviors will be similar most of the time. An atmosphere of praise and encouragement needs to be present if kids who are not sure of themselves are going to thrive.
Parents need to be vigilant from the start so that their every experience possible is good for the kid’s self-esteem. Parents should also encourage their kids on every small step of progress they make. What is simple for one kid may take a leap of faith for another.
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