Following are some suggestions for developing a positive self-esteem in your child:
Be positive-focus on your child's successes and strengths
Praise what he/she does and not who he/she is
Reassure your child that you accept and support him or her even when others do not
Ask your child his/her opinions about things and listen to his/her solutions
Help your child in understanding that he/she will have some disappointments in life. Use this time to strengthen his/her ability to cope, and to reflect on what might have gone wrong
Keep the lines of communication open
Help your child to establish and to work toward goals
Communicating with you child and encouraging your child to confide in you is a key element in working through potential problems. Accepting your child will boost his/her self-esteem and give your child the confidence to value himself/herself.
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