How would you describe your self-esteem? Self-esteem is a rather delicate topic that many of us avoid. Why do we avoid this topic? Perhaps it's because we're afraid to discover just how fragile our self-esteem is. Maybe it's because deep down, we know that our self-esteem is shattered. Self-esteem broken by life experiences, our beliefs, and our emotions. Limiting beliefs that have tied us to a lie, a lie about ourselves and life itself. And the saddest part is that sometimes we project limiting beliefs and our low self-esteem onto our children.
My work as a mental health professional and coach is to help you change your mindset, improve your self-esteem, and influence the children around you. My vision is to foster an empowered mindset in adults and children so they can be happy, fulfilled, and achieve their dreams.
What is self-esteem?
Self-esteem refers to the evaluation and perception a person has of themselves. In children, this translates into how they see themselves and how they feel about their abilities, achievements, and worth as individuals. Today, I want to share some tips for parents to promote and nurture healthy self-esteem in their children:
Show unconditional love: Children should feel loved and valued regardless of their achievements. Love is unconditional.
Offer sincere praise: Praise effort and perseverance in your child rather than just results. Acknowledge their achievements, no matter how small, to foster their sense of competence.
Encourage autonomy: Allow children to make age-appropriate decisions and give them the chance to learn from their mistakes.
Promote acceptance of diversity: Teach children to value and respect differences among people. This will help them develop a positive self-image and accept their own quirks.
Teach coping skills: Help children develop strategies to handle stress, frustration, and tough moments. This will give them confidence in their ability to face challenges.
Model positive self-esteem: Avoid excessive self-criticism and demonstrate how to handle mistakes and criticism constructively.
Encourage hobbies and activities: Encourage children to participate in activities they are passionate about and excel in. Success in these areas will boost their self-esteem.
Maintain open communication: Listen actively and provide emotional support.
Did you perhaps already know this information beforehand? And why, despite knowing this information, do you find it so difficult to consistently apply it? Many times, we need a person, a professional, a coach to help us implement this knowledge. We need someone who holds us accountable. Someone we can turn to for guidance and practice the various strategies we are learning. Maybe you don't have the time for an in-person appointment, but how about a virtual one? Nowadays, we have the convenience of seeing healthcare professionals virtually and confidentially. It's essential that we see the value and importance of changing our mindset, developing healthy self-esteem for ourselves and our children. That's where the key lies in truly making an effort to seek help.
Is having healthy self-esteem really important to you, you wonder? Is it genuinely important to you that your children have healthy self-esteem? If your answer is yes, I invite you to the upcoming FREE webinar, Happy Parents, Happy Children, on November 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. EST. You can't afford to miss it!
In summary, fostering self-esteem in children is essential for their healthy development. By providing love, support, and opportunities for growth, we can help our children build a strong foundation of self-confidence that will accompany them throughout their lives. Positive self-esteem will enable them to face challenges, make informed decisions, and maintain healthy relationships, paving the way for a bright and successful future.