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|Children and Self-Esteem|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Joy Venhorst|
|Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:30|
What helps children mature with a positive sense of self?
Age— With age, a child will learn increased control, gain memory, develop cognitively, and learn language and a sense of how to plan for the future.
Supported waiting— Children have difficulty waiting, but can be supported while they wait. Talk to them. For example: “In 5 more minutes, dinner will be ready. I know you can wait that long.”
Follow through— Follow through after a child waits. Do not imply a reward will come if it will not. This is part of trust!
Modeling— Adults who control their own anger, aggression, language, and needs provide positive models for their children.
Feeling in control— Provide children with age-appropriate choices. Offer two choice you can live with, and give the child an opportunity to learn to make decisions by choosing.
• Build on a child’s interest by helping him or her experience or learn more about a topic.
For School-Age Children
• Respect a child’s strengths, and they will respect you.
For Teens• Keep talking to teens even if it seems they don’t listen or care.
• Talk to teens about making good choices and about the many ways we express how we feel about others.
• Say two good things before talking about any bad things.
• Tell the teen something about yourself so they will feel safe sharing, too.
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