Study after study shows that students who have a basic level of self-confidence perform better in the classroom.
They are more willing to take part in discussions and offer opinions. They are less hesitant to ask for help when they need it.
These are all important to school success.
Here are some self-esteem building tips for parents to help cultivate those traits in their children.
The suggestions all involve “accentuating the positive.”
• Give plenty of love and hugs. Children thrive on it.
The opposite is also true: Never physically or mentally hurt your child. The wounds go deeper than you think and are longer lasting than they seem.
• If both parents work, arrange the best child care possible. If your child is alone, provide safety and activity rules that are to be followed without fail. Whenever possible, avoid changing childcare arrangements.
• Be a confident role model. Children need parents to set the pace. Shore up your own self-esteem — but avoid having your children feel that they could never rise to your lofty level.
• Place a value on education by providing quiet time for homework, and help out when necessary. Talk about school, and show support by keeping your school appointments and by attending school events.
All these activities help children feel good about who they are and what they do.