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5 Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Does your child often speak negatively about themselves, feel withdrawn, and avoid trying new things? Then your child may be suffering from low self-esteem. Several factors can cause this, like negative experiences like bullying, a lack of support, comparisons, etc. 

Regardless of whatever the cause may be, there are ways you can boost their self-esteem. Today, we'll be looking at 5 practical ways to boost your child's self-esteem (stick with us to the end; we've got a bonus for you):

1. Encourage a growth mindset

Kids often fear failure, and oftentimes we fuel that fear by shouting at them or blaming them for failure. But what if we saw it as an opportunity to help them grow and become better? In Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she explains the concept of a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset see failure as a chance to improve and grow, rather than a reflection of their intelligence.

Instill a growth mindset in your child – the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. Encourage them to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, rather than fearing failure. 

Help them understand that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, and provide support and encouragement as they navigate new experiences and challenges.

2. Provide opportunities for independence and responsibility

Give your child opportunities to make decisions, solve problems, and take on responsibilities appropriate for their age and abilities. Start small, such as allowing them to choose their own clothes or help with simple household tasks, and gradually increase their responsibilities over time.

3. Cultivate social skills

Encourage your child to develop positive relationships with peers and adults by teaching them important social skills such as empathy, communication, and cooperation. Provide opportunities for social interaction through sleepovers, extracurricular activities, and children's events. 

4. Provide opportunities for success

Give your child opportunities to succeed and experience feelings of competence and mastery. Encourage them to pursue activities and hobbies that they enjoy and excel at, whether it's sports, art, music, or academics. Offer support and encouragement along the way, and celebrate their progress and achievements to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

5. Create a loving and supportive environment

Create a supportive environment at home where your child feels loved, valued, and accepted for who they are. Show them unconditional love and support, and provide a safe space where they can express themselves freely without fear of judgment or criticism.

Bonus Tip

6. Pray over them

Make it a routine to pray for them every morning. My mum used to do this for me when I was little, but I didn't understand the significance until now. When they hear you confess positive and empowering words over their lives, their confidence in their abilities grows.

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