In this article, we will learn about how to boost morale and kid’s self-esteem! As parents, we can sense when our kids are feeling good about themselves and when they are not. The idea of feeling good about ourselves relates to “self-esteem.” For kids, self-esteem would mean they feel liked and accepted, confident, proud, and they believe in themselves. So, if your kids have high self-esteem, they are more motivated to accomplish everything they set out to achieve.
However, kids with low self-esteem are more critical and harder on themselves, they feel they are not as good as others. Having a healthy self-esteem is very important because kids who feel good about themselves have the resilience and persistence needed to try learn new things, even when they are challenging.
Also, confident kids can easily cope up with mistakes and failures since they know that if they keep trying, they will only get better. Unfortunately, this not the same with kids who are unsure of themselves since they often think that they are not capable of success.
This is the main reason why some kids are afraid to join in, as they feel they will not be accepted by their peers. They will also have a hard time standing up for themselves, and they quickly give up or not to try at all.
The importance of self-esteem in Kids
Self-esteem develops slowly over time, so we need to be patient and show our children that we are here to support them consistently through all of the ups and downs. The first sensible thing to do is to give them the attention they need and encourage them to try something they don’t usually do, like making new friends when you’re at the park.
This will allow them to exercise their social and communication skills, as well as develop their confidence in handling themselves in an unfamiliar environment. We should also encourage our kids to learn new skills in sports, music, art, tech, or cooking. Acquiring any of these skills will surely make our kids feel good about themselves.
Raising your kid’s self-esteem
We need to understand that every child is different, and self-esteem may come easier to some kids than others. Therefore, some experiences or failures can lower our children’s self-esteem, but it can be raised with our help.
At every age, kids can learn new things on their own, so we need to encourage them to take the first step. This may include riding a bike or painting a portrait for the first time. Although, if possible, we should show them how it is done first, then let them do what they can.
They might make some mistakes, but that is normal and part of the whole learning process. The more they make mistakes, the more they will learn and become successful in the long run. This experience will raise their self-esteem and make them more confident to learn new things in the future.
Praise your child wisely
It’s good to praise your kids and show that you’re proud of them, but you shouldn’t offer praise in some situations. For example, telling your child that he played well in their game when he knows he didn’t can cause confusion or distrust. It would be better to tell them that it wasn’t their best game, but you’re still proud of them for not giving up.
Most importantly, focus on effort and process rather than on results. Self-esteem grows when your child knows that what they do matters to you or other people around them.
About the Author
Amy has been a Maths tutor for over 12 years, assisting countless students individually. She first started after completion of her own VCE year. Receiving an ATAR of 99.0, she felt that she had a lot to offer students in high school, trying to work out the best way to maximize their results. She has helped students gain understanding, improve their study skills, and work towards their goals in mathematics. Amy has also been a teacher since 2011, teaching students at all high school levels, including VCE Maths Methods and Further Maths. She is passionate about finding ways to help students increase their understanding and enjoyment of Maths.
Amy is available for individual tutoring in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and also runs Further Maths VCE Exam preparation and Study Skills sessions. Click here to check out her tutoring site.
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