How to help your Child cope with Low Self esteem?

While parents are constantly trying to do all they can in developing their children into an all-round wonderful, confident, and smart adult, there is no question that this can be quite a challenge. As the saying goes, no one is perfect and all we can do as parents is try our best to instill the best we can into our child. While we want our children to have healthy levels of self-esteem, sometimes this doesn't occur, so the next step we can do to help our children is to see the signs of low-esteem and begin to repair it.

What is Low Self esteem?

Children often struggle with their real identities. They seek acceptance and belongingness among their peers. When they fail in this aspect, what often occurs is they develop a low self esteem.

In recognizing low levels of self-esteem you can look for a series of symptoms and signs to help you determine if your child suffers from it.

Signs of Low Self esteem to look for in your Child

Keep in mind that a child may show some signs or no signs and that these are just some more of the typical signs. Some signs that your child will show if they have low self-esteem include

  • Your child may make negative comments about themselves or others around them such as their friends.

  • Your child's enthusiasm is lacking when it comes to activities or projects that would be exciting. This may be because they feel they will not be successful at it, because of their low self-worth.

  • Your child may suddenly not want to attend school or may seem discouraged about school.

  • When it comes to doing something new, your child may be reluctant. This may be because they feel they will fail at whatever it may be.

  • Your child may tend to put not only himself down, but others around him down such as his siblings. This helps him to feel better about himself.

  • Offering many excuses and giving up on something quickly is also a sign your child may have low self-esteem.

  • If a child's behavior is one of a bully and acts as such towards others, he/she may have low self-worth. Again, he may put others down to make himself try to feel better.

  • While your child will give up on things quickly, he may use excuses such as he is tired or bored.

  • Your child may be showing signs of low self-esteem if he lacks in the ability coping with failure. For example, if a child losses in a game and acts inappropriately.

  • Even behaviors such as clowning around or acting silly may be signs of low self-worth.

There are many factors that can lead a child to have a low regard for himself or herself. It may not necessarily concern their peers or friends but they can come from the various aspects of life. Their lack of self-confidence may even be influenced by their own parents and other members of the family as well as their classmates.

Inferiority complex develops when a teen child focuses more on the negatives than the positives. In instances when he or she is not accepted by friends, the teenager is most likely to feel disappointed and depressed. There's also a tendency to sulk and not show up to friends in school or in their community.

So what can you do then as a parent? What is the right step to do to help your child cope with the issue? 

How to Improve Self esteem and Confidence in your child?

Family therapists point out that a strong support and motivation from the parents are very important in overcoming an inferiority complex. Motivation can take many forms. This can be giving your child encouragement in everything he or she does whether it's in school or in your community, using positive words when acknowledging their achievements and assuring them of your continued love and support.

It's at this time when parents also need to establish a strong bond with their teens. Find out what your child likes to do during his spare time. Observe and talk to him or her about pursuing hobbies that they like to do such as sketching, painting, playing musical instruments or martial arts. If your child likes to read, provide him or her with good books or go together to a bookstore and browse through what reading materials are available there.

Eating together as a family is also crucial. Family counselors stress that mealtime is an ideal moment when parents and their children can update each other on their day's activities. Some parents may not know it but eating together less often can lead teens to try not-so-good activities such as drinking alcohol or even trying out drugs.

Communication is another vital aspect of improving your teenager's self-image. How you interact with your child has a huge impact on them the reason why as parents, you have to learn to be calm when talking to your teen regardless of where you are. In front of friends and family members, try to say positive things and avoid reprimanding your child.

What parents need to consider as well pertains to the way they discipline their teenagers. Harsh discipline when done often can result in a rebellious child.

Having high expectations of your child is also not to be practiced if possible. Many parents are guilty about this but don't realize the negative effect of their behavior on their children. When teens are expected to be a top performer in school or in their extra-curricular activities, they are pressured and when they fail, they develop a low self-esteem.

Building Self esteem is Crucial

Children with healthy self-esteems try hard in school, get along well with others, hold a "can-do" attitude about life, and feel positive about their environment. They can accept ups and downs graciously. Children with low self-esteems can easily fall prey to psychological disorders, peer pressure, and other dangers. Don't let your child be one of them. You can help a child who has a low self-esteem by examining the reasons behind it, finding out more on how you can help your child create improving self esteem and assist them with overcoming low self esteem and there you'll have a teenager with more self-confidence.

You are not alone in this! We would be happy to help you with how to improve self esteem and confidence in your child. 

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