What we are talking about here is the most valuable asset of your biggest treasures: your children's self-esteem.
Every child is a genius. This is not just according to Albert Einstein, but I hope according to everybody. Look at their perfect smile, their innocence, their enormous capacity to discover everything. You can not compete with their curiosity.
They are eager to expand their horizon and understand the world around them.
To develop children’s self-esteem you have to feed their curiosity by answering to all of their questions. You have to keep up with their speed. If you don’t know the answer be honest and tell them:
- I don’t know, but I will figure it out or
- I don’t know, but let’s find out together!
Never say “NO” to them. At least try not to. Make them to believe that everything is possible and one way or the other you will find that way. Taking care of the challenges will boost their confidence.
You as a parent or teacher are playing an important role especially at the very beginning to develop your children’s self-esteem.
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Children with healthy self-esteem feel that they are important part of the “adult” world, they are accepted and they know that there are people who care about them. The early development of their life is mostly based on their perception of how you respond to them. If they feel that you are there to satisfy their thirst for knowledge they will feel safe. When they feel safe their level of confidence rising. When they realize that they can ask you any questions and you are not going to ignore them, when they sure they can trust you, they develop healthy self-esteem.
Children’s self-esteem is the foundation of their latter life. Encourage them, give them tasks what are slightly challenging, but they will be able to accomplish them. Praise them after their good job.
Use positive sentences to communicate with your child. For example:
- Would you like to go to the park?
- Do you want to go to the park?
- Let’s go to the park together!
- Don’t you want to go to the park?
- Don’t you want to go to the park with me?
Do you feel the difference? How can you answer “YES” to the question which starts with “DON’T”?
Of course, you can. But, my point is that you can put positive ideas into their mind, just by asking certain questions differently. You assume that they will be excited about it, they will support the idea of going to the park and their answer can not be anything else, but YES. And at the same time they will learn to ask on the same way. Maybe it seems a tiny idea, but their subconscious will remember to it.The time to start building your children's self-esteem is now.
Nobody’s perfect. But you have to make an effort to drive your attention to them. Ask their friend’s parents what they think about your children. What they think he/she likes. Ask the teachers, neighbors they might see something that escaped your attention. Be just as curious about your child as they are about the world. Discover their world with them together.
Children’s self-esteem is influenced by families, communities, certain ethnic, social or cultural groups.
You can not control everything, of course. But you as a parent can give a positive start to your kids, you can make them feel to be loved and respected, so when they have to make decisions later in their life they will be confident enough to be responsible for it. Building your children's self-esteem is an important part of their personal development.
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