While most people associate self-esteem issues with older children, young children can also suffer from low self-esteem. These children need help from both their schools and parents to build up their self-esteem so they can be happy with themselves.
Understanding Low Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is how one feels about oneself, and how that person judges their own self-worth. In young children, low self-esteem can be caused by a variety of factors, including how others treat them. Usually, low self-esteem isn’t a natural state — especially in young children. Some of the behaviors demonstrated by others that can affect children’s self-esteem include the following:
How to Help Build Self-Esteem
Demonstrate love for a child by praising them for their good behavior or accomplishments in school. Even if they were not as successful as you would’ve liked, praise them for giving their best effort. This will also teach your child how to persevere when faced with challenges in school, at home, or with friends. If children do need criticism for behavior or for something that happened at school, give constructive criticism in a calm manner.
Encourage children to develop their talents by praising their efforts in something they love. If your child likes to paint or draw, or if they play sports or perform music, praise them when they do well. Even further, participate in the activity with your child to show your interest in what they are doing.
Knowing that a parent cares about a child’s hobby or talent will go a long way in helping a child develop better self-esteem. Support their efforts in a positive, affirming manner. You can also build a child’s confidence by allowing them to pick out what they wear, develop their friendships, and have a voice in family decisions.