6 Ways to Raise Your Kid's Self-Esteem

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Give Praise … the Right Way

A common misconception about building self-esteem is that an abundance of praise can only help. In actuality, it depends how you praise. Don’t just praise the results; also praise the effort. Focus on how your kid earned a good grade or made the basketball team. Say, “You studied so hard for that test, and you must be so proud of yourself for getting that A!” or “All those hours of practicing in the driveway really paid off—you made the team!”