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10 Tips on Building Self-esteem in Children

10 tips on building self-esteem in children

Praising your child isn't enough to increase his or her self-esteem or self-confidence. Here's a step-by-step guide to boosting a child's self-esteem.


What is Self-esteem? | About Self-esteem

Self-esteem is defined as loving oneself, feeling valuable, believing in yourself, and knowing your strengths.


Children with high self-esteem are more likely to: 

  • Try new things and try again when things don't go as planned
  • Do activities they may not enjoy or be good at
  • Face obstacles rather than avoid them.


Children learn and grow when they attempt new things, confront problems, and bounce back. This is why self-esteem is such a vital aspect of a child's growth.


How to build self-esteem in babies?

Self-esteem is lacking in newborns and very young babies. However, you may still create the groundwork for strong self-esteem and make them feel loved by doing the following:


  • Taking care of your infant by tenderly 
  • Responding when he or she cries
  • Hugging and cuddling your child


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How to build self-esteem in toddlers?


Toddlers are beginning to get a knowledge of themselves, their abilities, and what makes them unique. Here are some suggestions for boosting your toddler's self-esteem:


  • Allow your kid to choose from a variety of safe, toddler-friendly options, such as which toy to play with or what to eat. This gives children a thrilling sense of control, which aids in their confidence development.
  • Allow your kid the opportunity to say "no." Toddlers must learn to assert themselves and to understand that their choices have repercussions.
  • Allow your child to explore their surroundings, but be ready to respond if they require assistance.
  • Assist your children in navigating difficult social settings.


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How to build self-esteem in preschoolers?


Preschoolers enjoy comparing themselves to others, asking if they are the biggest, fastest, or best at whatever they are doing. You may play an important part in boosting your child's self-esteem and teaching them to value themselves.


  • Give your child a mix of positive and negative input. It teaches kids to value other people's accomplishments as well. 
  • Play basic board or card games with your friends. These kinds of turn-taking activities teach your child how to work together and get along with others.
  • Show interest in the things that interest your child like spending time together building blocks, or reading your child's favorite book.


How to boost self esteem in students?

Challenges at school may appear to weaken your child's self-esteem because he or she may believe for the first time that he or she is less capable than others. Here are a few things you can do to help:


  • At the end of the school day, give additional affection and cuddles.
  • Pay attention to how hard your child works and how brave he or she is to try new or difficult tasks.
  • When things don't go as planned the first time, encourage your child to try again.
  • Assist your youngster in navigating difficult social settings.


To sum up the 10 most common tips to help your child boost their self esteem are:


  • Over-praising kids does more harm than good

  • Allow your child to take risks that are beneficial 

  • Allow children to make decisions for themselves

  • Allow them to assist you around the house and encourage them to follow their passions

  • Be ready when children struggle or fail about what should be done

  • Don't get too worked up over it

  • Make it known that you love someone without conditions

  • Ascertain that your child's aims are reachable 

  • Give proper love and praises

FAQ’s on Child’s self esteem


Q. What are 3 qualities of kids with low self-esteem?

Low-self-esteem children believe they are not as good as their peers. They don't feel accepted or liked. Consider their failures over their successes.

Q. What are the 5 areas of self-esteem?

  • Identity.
  • Appreciation.
  • Acceptance.
  • Self-Confidence.
  • Pride

Q. What builds self-esteem?

Positive internal conversation is an important aspect of enhancing your self-esteem in general. If you find yourself saying things like "I'm not good enough" or "I'm a failure," tell yourself, "I can beat this" or "I can become more confident by viewing myself in a more positive light."

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