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  • Writer's pictureDr. V.S. Gayathri

How To Boost Your Child's Self-Worth!

We have spoken about the importance of self-love in our last article most importantly why is it important for kids to learn this lesson from an early age. As parents and educators, we need to encourage kids to indulge in self-esteem activities for kids to focus on their strengths, set goals, and celebrate their accomplishments to help boost their self-esteem. It’s also important to show kids that they are loved and valued and to help them build healthy relationships with others.

There are many ways to boost a child’s self-esteem or make them understand their self-worth. For example, you can try:

·       Encouraging them to focus on their strengths and achievements.

·       Setting achievable goals and celebrating their progress.

·       Helping them build healthy relationships with their peers and others.

·       Practicing self-care and taking care of their physical and emotional well-being.

·       Seeking support from trusted adults, such as parents, teachers, or a therapist.

·       Practicing positive self-talk and challenging negative thoughts.

Here are some signs a child is suffering from low self-esteem:

-Lack of willingness to try new things or accept challenges.

-Lack of confidence and excitement, and are generally less passionate about things.

-Constantly seeking approval from others, or who becomes upset or anxious when they receive criticism.

-Have difficulty in making and maintaining friendships, as they may feel inadequate or unworthy of social connections.

-Have issues communicating with their peers and others.

-Physical signs, such as poor posture or lack of eye contact.

Let’s look at a few simple ways to boost their self-esteem and instill the feeling of self-worth.

Use simple self-confidence building activities: You can try different activities like Goals Journal, I Am, diary writing, I am afraid but…., and other similar activities where the child gets to learn in a fun experiential way.

Encourage them for Self-talk: Explain the importance of self-talk to understand their inner self. Encourage them to keep some time out for meditation which is one of the best times for self-talk and self-realization.

Encouraging them to celebrate: Urge them to celebrate small steps and small wins towards their goal. Make them understand that the process is more important than the destination. Help them to appreciate what they have achieved and what they want to do next.

Help them build a positive self-image: Think of ways for them to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Urge them to freely express what they feel about themselves and build a positive image about themselves. Make them believe in themselves, build a positive body image, don't compare themselves with others, and always feel positive about their inner and outer self.

Be a role model: If you are preaching something, make sure you follow the same. Try not to exhibit positive emotions and reflect a sense of self-appreciation and self-confidence. Show them more examples of how ordinary people achieved extraordinary feats because of their self-worth.

If at any point you feel that your child might need support or therapy in this regard, do not shy away from seeking help. Every child is different and they surely need different ways of guidance and learning.


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