5 ways to build your child's self-esteem
Parents have a vital role to play in helping their children develop a positive and healthy self-esteem
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Self-esteem is the collection of beliefs that we have about ourselves. A child who has a healthy self-esteem feels good about himself. He tends to be comfortable in social settings, optimistic, and is willing to rise to challenges. Patterns of self-esteem start very early in life, and parents play an important role in its development. Here are some ways you can help:

Show love

Every child needs to feel that his parents think he's just great

Give praise

Be honest and not over-the-top. Praise your child's effort as well as achievements

Provide positive experiences

Give your child the opportunity to do well and feel good about himself. Activities that encourage cooperation rather than competition are excellent for self-esteem 

Be a role model

Don't talk about how silly or overweight you are. Nurture your own self-esteem 

Watch what you say

Children are very sensitive to their parents' comments. Avoid extreme conflict in the home. Children who are exposed to a lot of fighting and arguing don't feel safe, and tend to have lower self-esteem.

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