If you're a parent, within the next few weeks, you will begin back-to-school shopping for your children. As you spend money on the latest sneakers, clothes and school supplies, stop for a minute and think about all of the money you just spent on materialistic items. Then, evaluate how much time you spent on sending your child back to school with renewed self-esteem for the upcoming year.
As parents, we invest thousands upon thousands of dollars on providing our children with the latest video games, toys and computers. This year, why not take steps toward investing time into your child's emotional development? In today's world, with instances of bullying occuring at all ages, healthy emotional development is critical to seeing our children become successful as preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students. How To Triumph As A "Supermom"
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As a parent, I am guilty of buying my children materialistic items. After all, I am human and I want to give my children the best things in life. I have now realized that the best thing that I can give my children is a good sense of self. When the latest video game becomes a fad, my children will still have their self-esteem.
So, as you are getting your children dressed for school each day and packing up their lunches, let me remind you that you can also pack them some self confidence. Here are some great tips to begin your journey to healthy self-esteem. How can a parent help to foster healthy self-esteem in a child? These tips can make a big difference. 12 Ways To Build Confidence In Your Relationship
1. Be careful what you say. Kids can be sensitive to what you say. Remember to praise your child not only for a job well done, but also for effort. But, be honest. For example, if your child doesn't make the soccer team, avoid saying something like, "Well, next time you will work harder and make it." Instead, try "You didn't make the team, but I'm really proud of the effort you put into it." Reward effort and completion, instead of the outcome.
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Sometimes, a child's skill level is just not there. So, helping kids overcome disappointments can really help them learn what they are good at and what they are not so good at. As adults, it is okay to say "I can't carry a tune" or "I couldn't kick a ball to save my life." Use warmth and humor to help your kids learn about themselves and to appreciate what makes them unique.
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