20 secrets about children's self-esteem
Self-esteem is a popular subject among those who work with children. Why are early childhood educators so preoccupied with building the self-esteem of the children they care for? How important is self-esteem? Studies and books written by psychologists on the subject abound and clearly demonstrate the lasting impact children's self-esteem can have on their future, both positively and negatively. Having read countless documents on the subject, I thought it might be interesting to share 20 secrets about children's self-esteem.
- Self-esteem is the little flame that shines through a child's eyes when he is proud of himself.
- Children (and adults) who have good self-esteem are happier.
- Children need encouragement to build their self-esteem.
- hildren need to learn from their mistakes, not be criticized for them.
- Children need to be forgiven.
- Children need to feel loved and accepted for who and what they are, their strengths and weaknesses.
- Children with good self-esteem can make choices.
- Children with good self-esteem enjoy healthier, more positive relationships with others.
- To build their self-esteem, children need you to spend quality time with them.
- To develop their self-esteem, children need clear rules and stability.
- We must help children find solutions instead of taking care of things for them. This will have important repercussions on their self-esteem.
- Children need to trust you.
- Children need to have fun with the adult that cares for them.
- Children need you to notice their successes.
- Unfortunately, children are not born with a ready-made positive image of themselves. Their self-esteem is created gradually, one success at a time.
- The first years of a child's life are extremely important for the development of his self-esteem.
- Children's self-esteem is directly related to the relationships they build with the people who are important to them.
- Fostering children's creativity will improve their self-esteem.
- To encourage children, we must focus on their efforts, not on their successes.
- Children need an adult to set an example by believing in them.
Simple and efficient, these secrets are important when it comes down to ensuring children are given a good start in life.
Maude Dubé, Specialized educator