How Parents Can Support Self-Esteem

  •       Make time to communicate to your child the importance of education.
  •       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.
  •       Be a good listener and pay attention 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.
  •       Avoid labeling!
  •       Support self-expression and creativity.
  •       Set up your child's time schedule to include a balance of work and play.
  •       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 – often!

Prepared by Karen DeBord, Ph.D., State Extension Specialist, Child Development Published by

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