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Article on Self – Esteem
by Ms. Sujata Amin - Grade 1 Eins | 3 November, 2015

Self-esteem is a very important ingredient for a happy life. If a person lacks self-esteem, then obstacle is created in every area of life.

Self-esteem is about liking yourself and who you are. For Children, it comes from knowing that you’re loved and that you belong to a family that values you.

The early years of a child’s life are the foundation for a positive self-esteem. Positive self-esteem can give children the confidence to face and successfully manage their learning and attention issues.

As parents, we cannot control everything our child sees, hears or thinks which will be contributing to his or her self-image. But there is still much that we could do. We have the child at the earliest years of life.

Your child’s self-esteem is how much she/he values herself/himself and how important she believes; she/he is in her/his world. When children value themselves, they’re more likely to stand up for themselves and ask the help they believe they deserve. When they are confident and secure about who they are, they’re better able to face and manage their learning challenge.

Children with high self-esteem feel respected, act independently, have courage to believe in their own values and make good decisions, even in the face of peer pressure whereas, children with low self-esteem become uncertain of themselves, they have trouble gaining the confidence they need to face and deal with their learning and attention issues.

Low self-esteem is also at the root of other serious challenges because children in this situation often lose interest in learning and can become withdrawn or give in to peer pressure. Repeated failures can lead to feelings of frustration, anger, anxiety and sadness.

Parents can help build self-esteem in children by following ways:

  • Praise your child.
  • Support your child with school work and school life.
  • Show interest by asking what your child has done during the day.
  • Get involved in school life, through parent-teacher interview; talk with the teacher to find out how your child is going.
  • Teach your child about fair play.
  • Give your child the chance to try new activities and learn new things.

Children learn a lot about self-esteem by watching their parents. So it is very important for all of us how we project ourselves in front of the children.

Here are some tips:

  • Use positive self-talk.
  • Avoid criticising yourself in front of your children.
  • Take pride in achievements, and talk about the things you’re good at.
  • Spend some time with friends who are positive and support you.

Every child is special and unique in her/his own way. Teach your child that nothing is really perfect and it’s ok to make mistake. Make your child understand that mistakes and failures are a part of life. Encourage them to lead a life with positive self-esteem.

Compiled by
Sujata Amin
Grade 1 Eins