When you want your child to grow into a happy, self-sufficient adult, boosting their self-esteem as a child is very important. The things you do and say in the young years will carry with them throughout teens and adulthood and it makes a big impact on the type of people they grow into.
Here are four ways to boost your child’s self-esteem:
- Entrust her with important tasks – Give her chores. Ask her to run an errand. Let her do something on her own. Nothing shows her you believe in her more than giving her the space to do things for herself. You can stay nearby in case help is needed but the more you allow your child to start doing things for herself, the more her confidence will increase and she will become better at doing those things.
- Don’t compare your children – If you have more than one, don’t compare the siblings. You should also avoid comparing your children to cousins, neighbors, classmates or even yourself. Every person is different and unique. We all experience the world in a different way. You cannot make comparisons.
- Don’t expect perfection – You need to show him that no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. You need to let him know that it’s okay to make mistakes because this is how we learn. If you try to demand perfection, you’re setting an unattainable goal and this will hurt his self-esteem, as he will never be able to reach it.
- Spend time together – Nothing helps boost your child’s self-esteem like some good old one-on-one time with mom or dad (or both). Spending time with your child, despite your busy schedule shows them that they matter. It shows they are a priority in your life and that they are important. So make the time.
With these tips, you can boost your child’s confidence while also showing them parental support. You will always be there. You will always provide a safe haven and a comfortable space for them to grow. All children need this.