a person's core belief about himself or herself. A person's self-esteem is
reflected in his or her actions, both in how as well as what he or she does.
Although self-esteem varies from time to time, the pattern usually leans toward
a healthy or unhealthy view of self. With healthy self-esteem, a person is more
likely to succeed in life.
Although building self-esteem is a
lifelong process, the foundation of self-esteem is established in childhood.
That foundation can do much to help a child deal with difficult life issues as
they are encountered.
Parents have the greatest influence on a
child's belief about himself or herself. Letting your child know that he or she
belongs, is doing well, and is contributing can help him or her develop healthy
Keep these things in mind as you raise your
- Children sense that they belong by the way
their parents talk to them and act toward them. Show and tell your child that
you love and care for him or her.
- Children learn about how well
they are doing by how their parents react to their behavior. Offer praise to children when they show positive behavior, and provide them with correction when mistakes are made.
- Children learn how to work with others by learning how to
cooperate within a family. Give your child some age-appropriate household
How you can help your child develop healthy self-esteem