The Formative Years: How to Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem: The period of childhood from birth until age 8 is extremely important in the development of a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional being. Because the brain is still developing, it’s highly responsive to stimuli of all kinds, negative and positive alike. While children are remarkably resilient, it’s important that as parents, we encourage them to develop self-reliance and a positive self-image. In addition to caring for our children physically, protecting them from harm and providing them with the nourishment they need to develop strong bodies, we need to nourish them emotionally as well. Here are 7 ways you can help your child develop into a self-assured and confident person.
1. Talk About Their Accomplishments (And Their Efforts): When your child achieves something, even something that seems insignificant to you as an adult, it’s important to let them know that you’re proud. Hanging up their art on the refrigerator and loudly boasting about them when they’re in earshot is a great way to build their self-esteem. But don’t just recognize your child when he succeeds. Children need to learn that their efforts are appreciated even when they don’t result in the best outcome… Continue Reading >>>>