Self-esteem has to do with positive feelings. Happiness, purpose, connection all make up a sense of self. Praise your child for good behavior, reward friendship, and establish family connections. Lead by example.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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Thank you for your question. Self esteem is such an important subject that I think it's great that you are being so active to understand it more. To read up on self esteem click on the link below which is a link to the self esteem information center on Education.com. I can also tell you from my experience that children will learn more from their parents' actions than from their words. So I think it's necessary to reinforce your communication through action. Simple things such as spending time with your children can be very meaningful for a child's self esteem development.
Self esteem is VERY IMPORTANT mainly to preteens and teens since their going throgh a lot of changes! You can improve you're childs self esteem by praising what he/she does that is good and spend less time correcting and lecturing him/her.But that dosn't mean praising her for every little thing and not correcting bad behavior at all.