Teaching Your Child to Have a Positive Self Image
Mark Twain once said, “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Self-esteem is an important part of your child’s mental and physical well-being. As parents, there are some things you can do to help your child have a positive attitude and outlook about who they are. Here are some things to help teach your child to have a positive self-image.
Provide Positive Feedback– Instead of saying to your child, “You always seem to get all upset over the smallest things,” you may want to say something along the lines of, “I understand you are upset with your best friend, but you made a wise choice of trying to talk to them instead of getting angry.” The first statement may make your child have a feeling that they can’t control their outbursts while the second statement acknowledges their feelings and praises the decision they made.
Be a Good Role Model– Kids learn a lot by watching their parents. So, if they constantly see you being pessimistic or hard on yourself, they may end up mirroring your actions. While it is okay to say something like, “I don’t remember where I parked the car,” this should be followed by a statement such as, “Next time, I think I will write down where in the parking lot I parked the car.”
Use Celebrity Role Models – There are several celebrities that make excellent role models for kids. These are the people who have overcome adversity and challenges to become what they are today. For instance, actor Orlando Bloom has issues with dyslexia. In an interview with Child Mind Institute, he said, “If you have kids who are struggling with dyslexia, the greatest gift you can give them is the sense that nothing is unattainable.”
Help with Setting Goals– The goals that you both set need to be ones that are attainable and need to correspond with your child’s age and abilities. As you see your child reaching their goal, compliment and encourage them along the way. Once the goal is reached, compliment their achievement.
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