Let your child occasionally “overhear” you talking about them;in a proud and positive way to someone else. Be specific about what they did or said that made you proud as a parent. Seeing you “brag” about them to another person works wonders for your child’s self-esteem. This is a sneaky little trick but it works!
Every once in a while,;have your child stand in front of a mirror and list five things they like about themselves;– this could be physical traits, style, personality, talents, accomplishments etc. This helps your child focus on what they like about themselves, further helping them believe that they deserve to feel good about themselves.
Be a good role model. At least until a certain age, your child believes everything you say and will try to imitate what you do. If you engage in negative self-talk, you normalize that for your child, too. Don’t be too harsh or critical of yourself in front of your child. Be kind to yourself and model a positive outlook on life, and your child will learn to do the same.
Never compare your child to anyone else.;This makes them feel like they’re not good enough or that you’re disappointed in them, both of which can damage self-esteem and leave a lasting impact.
When talking to teenage kids, persistence is key. They may want to shut you out or pretend that they don’t care, but they do. So it’s important to keep talking to them and invite them to share their feelings and opinions with you. Encourage their creative pursuits, support their goals, and ask them about what their goals in life. Show an interest in their lives and emphasize the importance of making good life choices.
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