Low self-esteem starts from childhood and It’s heartbreaking when you hear your kids say words like
“I am not loved.”
“I never get anything right.”
This is a susceptible situation for both parent and child. This is the point where you teach your child to love themselves and to be confident so that their self-esteem isn’t easily affected by life itself. The question is how do we do this?:
1. Love Yourself
Show your children how to love their imperfections. Teach them that the world is filled with diversity and they don’t have to look like someone else. They become attractive when they love who they are.
2. Don’t Measure Your Awesomeness From Comparison
Often children compare themselves to others to measure how cool they are. They say things like, “My shoes are cooler than Lanre’s” or “my toys are way cooler”. Your children may not understand, but we need to help them stop it. They need to learn the right way to evaluate themselves. Teach them how to self evaluate themselves and determine whether their personal expectations are being met.
3. Help Your Child To Never Settle For Less
Teach them that it’s perfectly okay to dream big. You don’t have to lower their expectations because you are not so sure and you don’t want them sad if they don’t achieve it. So while doing that, teach them that it is okay to fail and try again.
4. Listen And Spend Time Alone With Your Child
This is one great way to connect and communicate with your child. Listen to your child talk, speak the right words, realistic uplifting words. This can give your child the boldness they need to grow with great self-esteem.
5.Teach Your Child To Speak His Mind
Children with low self-esteem have difficulty in speaking out their opinion. So this the most empowering thing a child with low self-esteem can learn. Always give room at home for your child’s opinion and commend them for it. This way they become more confident in themselves.