Help Children Grow Self-Esteem
Working as an early childhood educator I have always liked to keep a positive environment in the classroom. Every kid is different and unique in their own way and I like for them to know that being yourself is OK and is always a good thing. Here are some of the things I do to help children grow their self-esteem…
1. Praising and encouraging – (The most important one) Encouraging them. Praising them. Not just praising them when they do something good but also when they put all their effort into something.
2. Problem-solving- Helping children work through problems calmly rather than getting upset. Show them the different approaches to work through the problems.
3. Accepting their feelings- Everyone has bad days even kids, accepting there not so pleasant feelings and teaching them how to deal with them in different ways other than tantrums, etc. It’s important for them to realize they have control over their emotions.
4. Mistakes do NOT mean failure- Use mistakes made as a learning opportunity. Making mistakes doesn’t mean failure, they are made to learn from and try harder the next time.
5. Learning New Skills and Activities- Learning new skills can boost children’s self-esteem. Being able to choose can build a positive sense of self. Learning new things will also instill confidence in kids.
With that being said, helping children identify their strengths makes a positive impact on them. Always let them know that they can do anything they put their mind to.
This blog was created by Taylor Bourque who is a current Child Development Associate (CDA) student with CDAClass.org.
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