- Empower your child to manage difficulties
Children feel “effective” when they see that good things come from efforts like trying hard, getting close to a goal, or making progress. You can help your child to feel empowered by coaching their problem-solving abilities. Brainstorming and role plays are techniques that helps children think about new possibilities and gives them a chance to practice their problem-solving skills.
- Monitor self-talk
We often tend to be our own worst critics. Children are no exception. Take notice of how your child talks about themselves. Is it overly negative? If so, they may need help in reframing how they talk to themselves. Teach your children to quietly tell themselves thoughts that help them gain control over or put the situation in perspective such as “I can handle this” or “With more practise, I’ll get it”.
- Provide them with acceptance, love, and security
Children who feel accepted tend to have more secure self-esteem. Several research studies have shown that the parent-child relationship is amongst the most significant indicators of self-esteem. Children are more likely to accept themselves if those that are closest to provide them with unconditional acceptance.