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By Keren Perles
All kids—and adults—have feelings like “I can’t do it” and “Everyone is better than me” sometimes. But if these feelings occur frequently in your child, and cause pain and distress, then you need to take action. What can you do to build self-esteem? Jennifer Cassatly, a clinical psychologist who specializes in children and adults with low self-esteem, offers her answers.
Try New Things
Give Praise … the Right Way
Avoid False Praise
Help Your Kid Deal With Mistakes
Eventually, your child will see the world as an exciting place filled with fascinating things to explore. Not only that, but she will feel more self-confident and comfortable with anything that life throws at her.
Oftentimes, kids who are quiet are mistaken for having low self-esteem, when in fact they're just introverts. If you think this could be your kid, read our article on raising an introvert in an extroverted world.