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10 Self-Esteem Boosters for Your Child

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Updated on Jul 26, 2010

10.) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In some cases, even our best efforts and intentions aren’t enough to insure a child’s healthy self-esteem. Especially during the teen years, some kids may need a little more help than others. If you're concerned about your child’s self-esteem, talk to her doctor or a therapist with training in pediatric mental health issues.

While the tips above are useful for kids of all ages, there are some specific things parents can do to sustain and enhance their kids’ self-esteem as they develop:

  • Little ones: Recent research underscores the importance of the early childhood years as a critically important period for the development of future mental health and self-esteem. Young children need to know that the important adults in their lives love them, accept them, and would go out of their way to ensure their safety and well-being. Kids this age can’t get too many hugs or too much love!
  • Elementary school: Encourage K-5 kids to stretch themselves by tackling challenging tasks they think they can accomplish. Parents should make reasonable efforts to help make success possible while still allowing kids to make mistakes and recover from failures. Parents should help kids focus their attention on their improvement over time as a result of hard work and perseverance rather than placing too much emphasis on any individual outcome.
  • Middle school: Be especially supportive and optimistic about kids’ abilities and potential for success at this stage. Be patient when kids show extraordinary self-consciousness and give them strategies for presenting themselves well to others. Kids this age are heavily influenced by their friends and the media who may try to convince them they can have fun, be successful, or have exciting adventures through certain unhealthy behaviors. It’s more important than ever for parents to keep communicating with their middle school aged children.
  • High school: When discussing the potential consequences of risky behaviors, present the facts, but don’t make your teen so anxious or upset that she can’t effectively learn and remember – avoid scare tactics. Give your teen plenty of opportunities to examine and try out a variety of adult-like roles while continuing to help her set realistic expectations and be patient with herself.


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