Ways to improve your child’s self-esteem

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The way we perceive ourselves is always important, but especially vital during the formative years. Having a healthy image of one’s own self is pertinent for not only future prospects, relationships and even work, but it is also crucial for mental health as well.

People who suffer from self-esteem issues are more like to have an inferiority complex, which then makes them vulnerable. Self-esteem issues can also morph into hatred for one’s own self, ingratitude and can also pave way for problems like stress and depression.

Hence, it is vital that parents encourage a healthy self-image in their children so that they are able to grow into more confident adults. A secure child is harder to get fazed by the harsh tones people tend to take, as they are secure in themselves.

Moreover, children also suffer from mental health problems; they are not only part of adulthood. One thing you can do to prevent your child’s mental health from aggravating and then requiring help from your Child specialist in Lahore is to improve their self-esteem.

Here are some whys how you can do that:

Do not insult you child

Children are extremely impressionable. Your offhand remark might stay with them for a long time, even perhaps through this adult life. Therefore, make it a point to never insult your child.

Granted, children can be frustrating, make mistakes even after repeated corrections, but as a parent, you have to support them, always.

It is especially prudent to not shame children about their body, as not only will that then lead to low self-esteem, but also cause body image issues. Instead, steer them towards healthy living for improving their quality of life, and not for the superficial.

No name calling

Name calling is rude enough as it is, but when it comes from the parents, it becomes even worse. Belittling your child, yourself, may set the precedent for them that people can call them derogatory words, and they need to be okay with it.

Example of name calling include something on lines of their body, like calling them fatty, or it’s something to do with their intellect.

Failure is okay

So many parents put pressure on their children to succeed, get an A, win the game, be the best, always. This pressure is bad on its own, but it also closely tied to self-esteem; children may beat themselves over their failures. They might take them personally, rather than experiences for growth.

It may then set preconceived notions about themselves in their minds. For example, if a child gets a C in science, they might then think of themselves as ‘stupid,’ especially when parents also enable this concept.

Instead, drive home the point that mistakes are opportunities for learning.

Appreciate them

Your appreciation means the world to your child. Conversely, when you are dismissive of their work, worst yet, mock it, you target their confidence in their abilities and therefore jeopardize their mental health.

Hence, make sure that you acknowledge everything they make or write, give them the praise that is not phony, and encourage them to improve. Let them know that their worth lies not in their grades!

 Watch out for their mental health

A child’s environment is not only a composite of their home but their school and friends also play an important role in their self-esteem. If their peers or teachers are being less than positive about your child’s abilities, you need to talk to the administration about making the school conducive to children’s growth.

However, many times, your child may not confide in you the challenges they face in school, which only put into peril their self-esteem, but also cause mental health problems as well.

If you notice your child’s disposition to be altered, you must inquire into their wellbeing, and consult your Child specialist in Islamabad if need be.