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7 useful ways to boost your child’s self-esteem

Mofe'tiOluwa

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Children by nature look up to their parents for approval and constant encouragement. When starved of affection and constantly belittled by their parents, they usually would develop low self-esteem – a factor which could lead to the development of mental health problems. Are you a parent? Here are some useful ways to help build your child’s self-esteem

  • Identify your child’s strengths and unique abilities and help him/her develop them. Know your child’s interest. Does your child love music? Enroll him/her in a music class. Get him/her a musical instrument
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children
  • Appearance is important, even for children. Don’t dress your child in shabby and poor clothing, it diminishes his/her self confidence
  • Never abuse your child referring to a physical defect or deformity of a part of his/her body. This would drain his/her self-esteem
  • Apply discretion when correcting your child in public. Constant open rebukes make children withdrawn and feel inferior
  • Never compare your child with another. It builds resentment and self-hate
  • Give your child the opportunity to express his/her feelings and thoughts. Never shut him/her down

Your child is a precious gift to you and you should therefore ensure you do your very best as a parent. Parenting is sure hard work but definitely rewarding so, get at it!

 

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.

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