You may have come across the importance of self-esteem in kids, and positive self-esteem. But what exactly is it? And why does it matter so much?
In this article, we explain what is self-esteem, the impact of low self-esteem on children and activities parents can do to help kids feel good about themselves.
Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. Children with a healthy level of self-esteem are confident and have positive thoughts about themselves and life. On the other hand, children who suffer from low self-esteem see themselves in a negative and critical way and feel unable to deal with changes or anything new.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly one in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems such as low self-esteem.
What is the impact of low self-esteem as a child?
Low self-esteem can have severe effects in children such as:
- Difficulty making friends
- Inability to try new things because of a fear of failure
Other signs of low self-esteem include:
- Finding it difficult to have fun
- A lack of confidence
- Feelings of loneliness
- Comparing themselves to others
Why is positive self-esteem important for kids?
Positive self-esteem helps to be confident and capable. It helps to value and respect one’s own opinion and abilities. Ultimately making kids stand up for themselves and be proud of what they do.
Self-esteem Activities for kids
- Draw achievements
A great way to boost children’s self-esteem is by reminding them what they have recently achieved. An achievement can be something as simple as tidying their bedroom or completing their homework. The important thing is to celebrate successes and show children what they can achieve.
- Write a list of fears
You can often overcome fear by talking about it. Ask your child to list the things that they are afraid to do. For example, ‘I am afraid to make new friends because….’. Next, ask your child to think about and write down or draw how they could overcome the fear.
- Give your child an important task to complete
An effective way to give your child a quick self-esteem boost is by giving them responsibility for a daily task such as unpacking the shopping or helping to cook dinner. Once your child has completed the activity, praise their achievement. If they make a mistake, show them how to correct them rather than make a big deal of it.
- Set a problem-solving task
Problem-solving challenges make great self-esteem activities for kids. Solving puzzles, den building will give children a genuine sense of achievement and pride once they have completed them.
- Turn negative self-talk into positive thoughts
On a sheet of paper make two columns, one for negative self-talk and one for positive self-talk. Ask your child to list the negative thoughts that they have about themselves. On the other column, encourage your child to turn the negative comments into positive ones. Assist children by giving examples of how to turn negatives into positives. The purpose of this self-esteem activity is to build a child’s self-worth.
- Help boost your child’s self-esteem
In addition to self-esteem activities for kids, there are lots of simple actions parents can take to improve their children’s self-esteem. Encouraging a child to try new things, showing them lots of love, setting a good example of having a positive attitude, and demonstrating how to learn from mistakes are all excellent ways to make a child feel good about himself.
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