your child's self esteem
Parents play a
crucial role in building their children's self esteem There
is no one they want to impress more than their parents, and
it is up to you to praise them for their successes and encourage
them with their shortcomings.
Try not to impress
negativety on your child. Some say that a child's self esteem
drops each time a parent says a single negative thing directed
at the child.
Praise your child's
efforts no matter how small they seem. Did she turn off the
TV at 7PM without being asked? Praise her for it.
Does she always
make her lunch for school without being asked? Take a moment
to let her know how proud you are of her for doing it so well.
Does she forget
her lunch one day and asks you to bring it? Don't complain
that she forgot it, instead say that you are pleased that
she does such a good job of remembering most of the time.
If your child is
trying out for a team or group, don't place more pressure
on her that she "has to" make it "or else".
This can cause even more stress on your child (you can be
certain she is already scared about making the team already)
and she will feel a deep sense of failure should she not succeed.
Instead, be clear that you are proud that she is taking the
challenge of trying out, regardless of whether she wins or
simple steps such as these will help build your child's self
esteem each and everyday.