Building self-esteem: babies and children

Newborn or young babies do not understand themselves as a person. Hence, they do not have self-esteem.

You can develop self-esteem in your baby by
– Telling they are lovable
– Caring for your baby
– Treat your baby with smiles and cuddles.

Toddlers and self-esteem
When a toddler grows, they understand themselves as what they need and can do. They also know how they will become themselves.

A toddler always wants to make his own decisions so you may let them do so, like what deciding what is best for them. When they learn all these, they will be able to understand what they can do. Thus they develop self-esteem.

But you have an important role in their development of self-esteem. You can help them by following these ideas
– Allow your child to analyse the things near him but always be available to help your child in case of need.
– Allow your toddler to make decisions for himself. This will eventually assist him in developing confidence and self-sense.
– Allow your child to deny. Even if your child refuses to something that you want him to do, it is okay. In this manner, he is learning to make decisions for himself. Often your child learns to make decisions through a ‘no’, so you may encourage them to do so.
– Toddlers often find it tough to wait for turns and share. But you should help them to get through the process.

Preschoolers and self-esteem
When the kids are ready to go to school, they understand that the body and mind belong to them. Thus, these children can sometimes feel comfortable while away from their families because they know they are loved. This is the age where your child will compare himself the most to others. Whatever they do, they will ask you if they are better at it or not.

What you should do is give them balanced feedback so that they don’t become too confident. This will help your child to feel proud of himself, and at the same time, they will realise that the others are good as well.

Primary school-age and self-esteem
When in school, children compare themselves to their friends and classmates. Often in their first attempt, they may feel that they are not as good as others. All the new things can be challenging for them. You can help them. Here are some tips
– Care and love your child more after the school.
– Observe the efforts of your child. Praise the child if she’s good at something and tells her that you are proud of her.
– Explain to your child that winning and losing, both are important in life.
– Teach your kids about the tricky problems.
– Allow your child to try new things.
– Develop a good relationship with your child’s teacher to stay updated about the kid’s behaviour.
– Be careful of all the bad influences that ruin the self-esteem of your child.

Look after your self-esteem
Your child will learn from you, so make sure that you find out ways to increase your self-confidence.
– Be proud of your achievements and keep talking about the things you excel in.
– If you fail in a task, show your kid how cheerfully you handle it, rather than losing hope.
– Keep away negativity and always be positive in front of your child.
– Stay in the company of positive people who motivate you.
– Make some time to stay near to close people.