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Nurture Positive Self-Esteem Within Your Family
A nurturing and accepting home can plant the seeds for self-esteem to grow and flourish. Families with healthy self-esteem are happy for each others successes and value each others relationships. Read how to cultivate self-esteem for family members of all ages.
1. Pump Up Preschoolers
The wee ones in the family often look to their elders for help. Encourage your tot to try something on her own. Ask her to clean up toys or select an outfit. High self-esteem leads preschoolers to care about others, make friends, take responsibility, enjoy learning, and handle disappointment.
2. Elevate Elementary Schoolers
Self-esteem for elementary aged kids requires feeling secure and safe. Encourage children to build trusting relationships with parents, teachers, and friends. Value your kid for her individuality. Let her know that she can count on you.
3. Motivate Middle Schoolers
Pre-adolescents often feel like the floor has dropped beneath them as they struggle to find footing with how they feel about school, friends, and themselves. Puberty brings about heightened hormones and bodily changes. Now, more than ever, you must comfort and support your child. Accept, approve, and trust her. Empower her to grow into a caring, competent adult.
4. Help High Schoolers
Comfort your teen as she deals with peer pressure and day-to-day challenges. Teens with a healthy sense of self maintain control under stress. Encourage your kid to make plans to achieve small successes that work towards greater life goals.