Full Esteem Ahead!

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Many kids suffer from low self-esteem, which can lead to depression and other feelings of worthlessness. A child's self-esteem forms early in life, even when a child is a baby learning to roll over successfully. The pattern of trying, failing, trying again and ultimately succeeding builds a child's self-esteem intrinsically. Kids with healthy self-esteem have an easier time resisting peer pressure, recovering from disappointment and resolving conflicts. Kids who have low self-esteem often make sweeping generalizations, like "I'm stupid," "I'll never get it right" and "I can't do anything."A sense of pessimism dominates their outlook, and they get frustrated easily - or simply stop trying new things entirely. Parents can help in many ways, mainly by showing love and support, and with appropriate praise. Be conscious of what you say and how you say it - when a child is upset about losing a soccer game for instance, don't promise him that if he tries harder, he'll win next time.