“Strengthening and stimulating good self-esteem in children is important because it allows them to feel confident in their abilities and skills. This security can be observed in their interpersonal relationships and their personal development, both cognitive and emotional since it allows them to persevere to achieve their goals”, says Mary Castro, a psychologist at our clinic, who provides us with a series of recommendations for our children to have a good self-esteem.
What traits define a child with good self-esteem?
- Confident in oneself and one’s abilities
- Is optimistic and shows motivation to learn and face new challenges.
- Is resilient and does not usually feel defeated if he/she fails, as he/she takes it as a learning opportunity
- They are empathetic, putting themselves in others’ shoes and acting accordingly.
- Does not seek acceptance from others, as he/she feels comfortable with him/herself
- Expresses what he/she thinks and feels appropriately and assertively
- Is independent and makes decisions for him/herself
- Assumes responsibility for his/her actions
- Is tolerant of frustration and handles stress without feeling overwhelmed
- Relates in positive and healthy ways with other children and adults
Recommendations for our children to have a good self-esteem:
- Discover their strengths in the different areas in which your children perform.
- Praise their achievements, mentioning how proud you are of what they have accomplished (not necessarily in the academic area).
- Accompany them in their failures, that is, let them know that they are not alone and that they always have the support of their family who will support them and encourage them to keep trying.
- Be a positive role model. Children should not only listen to mom and dad but also see how they go about different aspects of their lives with a good attitude.
- Learn to value your children’s effort, not just the result. They need to feel that you appreciate their dedication whether they succeed or fail.
- Always show them unconditional love, making your children feel that love. Many times, words are not enough, but also showing them love with our actions.
Psychologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma