The Times West Virginian

January 14, 2013

Boost children’s confidence with simple key steps


Times West Virginian

— Self-esteem is your child’s passport to lifetime mental health and social happiness.

It’s the foundation of a child’s well-being and the key to success as an adult. Think about a time when you were feeling really good about yourself. You probably found it much easier to get along with others and feel good about them.

Self-image is how one perceives oneself.

The child looks in the mirror and likes the person he sees. He looks inside himself and is comfortable with the person he sees. He must think of this self as being someone who can make things happen and who is worthy of love. Parents are the main source of a child’s sense of self-worth.

Lack of a good self-image often leads to behavior problems.

Most behavioral problems come from poor self-worth in parents as well as children. Why is one person a delight to be with, while another always seems to drag you down? How people value themselves, get along with others, perform at school, achieve at work and relate in marriage all stem from strength of their self-image.

Healthy self-worth doesn’t mean being narcissistic or arrogant; it means having a realistic understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses, enjoying the strengths and working on the problem areas. Because there is such a strong parallel between how a person feels about himself and how a person acts, helping your child build self-confidence is vital to discipline.

For more information, visit http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/child-rearing-and-development/12-ways-help-your-child-build-self-confidence.