Having high self-esteem can help your child navigate life with ease as they feel more comfortable in their own skin. Having low self-esteem can impact people's motivation, social relationships, and coping skills. People with low self-esteem may be more vulnerable to clinical problems such as depression, anxiety, or potentially lead to substance use.
It is possible to raise anyone’s sense of self-worth, no matter how old or young. Helping your child build their self-esteem can be done with 8 simple techniques.
Notice when they have done something well
Take an interest in what your child does
Spend quality time with your child (let them choose the activity)
Give your child age-appropriate responsibilities
Whenever possible, let your child make their own choices
Help your child recognize the difference between things they can change and things beyond their control
Help your child set realistic goals
Be generous with your love
For more information about parenting and ways to encourage your child to thrive, reach out to the EFAP for support. We're here to help.