As parents we often think our job is to protect our children from the the dangers of the big bad world... But little do we know that by sheltering them, we may in fact be doing them more harm then good. Our belief is that the best way to prepare our children to take on the world, is to start at the core by nurturing their self esteem.
With a strong sense of confidence and self esteem, your kids will be ready to take on the world because the power of beliveing in yourself can truly work wonders. But how exactly do we nurture a childs self esteem and what is the "right" way to do it?
We've got 7 amazing ways to get you started on boosting your Childs self esteem - the right way!
1. Listen to them Without Judgement
We often make the mistake of listening to respond, instead of listening to understand. When your kids are sharing their thoughts and feelings, be sure to give them your undivided attention and listen without passing judgement. In doing so, your kids will feel that you care about their thoughts and feelings and that it is a safe place for them to share that. This is a great first step towards a healthy self esteem for any child.
2. Keep the Criticism to Yourself
Even though we often have the right intentions, criticism will only hurt a child's self esteem. A better approach is to guide their thoughts by planting seeds in their mind so they can learn for themselves instead of you criticising them for an innocent mistake.
3. Look back at Yourself at Their Age
It is easy to forget we were once their age making similar (or even worst) mistakes. It's important to take a step back and apply some empathy and compassion toward our kids. Not condemning your child for every mistake and showing a deeper understanding will help you and your child connect on a deeper level.
4. Let them Explore their Interests
Even as adults we don’t always know what our interests and passions are. So while our kids are young, it's important to encourage them to explore their interests. Getting in touch and discovering our interest can be the foundation behind our identity.
5. St a Good Example
Kids are very impressionable and are constantly watching what we are doing as their role models. So make sure we are always striving to always be the best version of ourselves infront of them, since your example is likely the same behavior they will carry on throughout life.
6. Spend Quality Time with Them
Quality time goes beyond just doing activities with your children. It's a great time to watch how your kids interact with the world and share your wisdom and life lessons with your little one. By doing so it will show your kids that you prioritize making time in your busy life for them because they are important and worth it.
7. Help Them Form their Own Identity
Our identity can be our greatest asset or our greatest downfall. Helping your kids develop their own sense of identity is a crucial building block towards their self esteem. Our first link to our identity is to our own name.
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