How Parents Can Support Self-Esteem

Make time to communicate to your child the importance of education.

"How did school go today? What did you do in school toady?"

Work with your child to help him or her develop a positive attitude towards schoolwork.

Practice patience and tolerance.

"You seem discouraged. Let's go over your mistakes together so that you'll be able to avoid them next time."

Provide encouragement to your child whenever possible.

Positive, constructive criticism is the way to go.

"Great! This report has many good ideas. Lets see if we can work on arranging your thoughts a little better."

Emphasize what your child does right.

"Until now you've been doing great. Let's see if we can get you back on track. "

Continue to expect an increase in accomplishment.

"It looks like a tough project, but with all that you have accomplished so far, I know you can do it!"

Be a good listener and pay attention to your responding tone of voice.

Be available to discuss problems your child is having, whether they are large or small.

Compare your child's progress to his/her own record.

"Let's not worry about your friends test grade. It's you and your achievement that I care about."

Avoid labeling!

"Edward never takes the time to read the directions and always gets it wrong!"

Support self-expression and creativity.

Set up your child's time schedule to include a balance of work, play, and study.

Involve children in real chores & helping tasks to give them a sense of accomplishment.

Take part in your child's education- be active in his or her school.

Show your love and affection for your child – Every Day!

Prepared by Karen DeBord, Ph.D., State Extension Specialist, Child Development Published by
NORTH CAROLINA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

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