by The Artsy SLP
These positive self esteem ideas will help teach children about healthy esteem, improve their self awareness, and help boost their self confidence.
Challenge your kids to become self motivated and boost their self esteem by completing these activities. Motivate them with these self awareness tips and help them improve their overall self confidence.
What is self esteem?
Self esteem is when children feel confident about their abilities, feel accepted, and believe in themselves.
Low Self Esteem-When children placed little value on their opinions and ideas. They have a tendency to focus on their weaknesses.
Healthy Self Esteem-When children feel positive about themselves and are able to recognize their shortcomings.
Why does self esteem matter?
Children with self esteem feel secure. When children feel confident, they are more likely to succeed in school and maintain positive friendships. They’re also more likely to try new things and learn from their mistakes.
How Do I Build My Child’s Self Esteem?
Positive self esteem doesn’t happen over night; a child’s self esteem grows over time. As their self esteem grows, their since of security helps them deal with challenges in life.
The way that parents interact with their children sets the foundation for a child’s self esteem.
- Spend time with your children-Engage in an activity that they enjoy and spend quality time. Play a game or read their favorite book.
- Praise your children-Provide positive feedback when they make good choices and make progress toward their goals. Reward them with positive praise and encouragement.
- Focus on their strengths-Nurture and encourage the things your children are good at. Involve them in extracurricular activities like sports, dance, or music.
- Set a good example-Your children are watching you. Be a role model and set a positive example. Put effort into everyday tasks without complaining Wand your children will take note.
- Validate their feelings-Let your children know that their thoughts and feelings are important. Try to see their point of view and let them know that you support them. It’s healthy for children to learn how to work through their feelings at an early age.
It’s healthy for children to learn how to work through their feelings at an early age. For more tips on teaching emotions, read my blog post on 5 Tips For Teaching Feelings and Emotions. For activities on identifying feelings, try my Feelings and Emotions Bundle.
Positive Self Esteem Activities
From my experience, most children have difficulty listing their strengths. If you ask them open ended questions, such as, “What are you good at?” or “What are your talents?” they will either respond with “I don’t know” OR use the same 1 to 2 responses for each question.
Help your students discover their talents by making a list:
- Favorite school subject(s)
- How I like to work
- How I spend my free time
- What I do well
- What I’m most proud of
For additional tips and ideas, try my Super Kids Positive Self Esteem activities. They’re designed to foster and encourage self esteem for all children. Students are rewarded with self achievement certificates. They also personalize a 14 page mini book by writing about their own talents.
Help teach your students positive self esteem, improve self awareness, and help boost self confidence. Challenge your students to become self motivated and boost their self esteem by completing these activities. Motivate your students with these self awareness tips and help them improve their overall self confidence.