Understanding self-esteem

Understanding your child’s self-esteem can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around.

Self-esteem is our personal evaluation of how good or bad we feel about ourselves.  It is also rooted in your child’s feelings of competence, confidence and worthiness.  Along with being key to their mental health and well-being.  These are all key issues that I explore in more detail in other sessions.

Understanding your child’s self-esteem is rooted in the confidence you give them

Because high self-esteem is reflected in a range of children’s positive qualities, this can affect their development and school achievement.  What’s more, children with a positive level of self-esteem will also tend to try new things.  And manage challenges more positively. These children also tend to be more flexible thinkers and better problem solvers.  Allowing them to deal with failure far easier.

What qualities do you want to inspire in your child?

As your child seeks to discover how to act in the world, they will look to you as their first and most enduring role model.  Because of this link to their self-esteem, it is important that you are aware of the messages you are giving them. And this includes the ones that you do not mean to.  

But this is a complex issue that your child needs you to understand. So, take a look at this course and as you do so, consider the qualities that you wish to inspire in your child.

This session is taken from our course: The Happy Child

Dr Kathryn Peckham is an Early Childhood Consultant, author and researcher and the founder of Nurturing Childhoods.  Providing all the knowledge, understanding and support you need to nurture your growing child.   www.nurturingchildhoods.co.uk


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