The care and well-being of your child should be any parent’s first priority. In a world that constantly seems at odds with individualism, how can you help your child develop a healthy self-esteem? Let’s explore ways we can use L.E.A.D. to help our children grow stronger.
Give them Space
Children are far more likely to learn leadership skills and effective ways to communicate if we aren’t always doing it for them. Allowing your children to make their own choices and solve problems helps them develop leadership skills. Over-praising your children, while helping them feel loved and secure, can make them rely on you for their self-esteem and make them lower their standards for themselves.
Support Healthy Risks
This goes hand in hand with allowing your child to make choices. When a child is forced to face consequences they start to understand how they affect the world around them and how it affects other people.
Children need ways to demonstrate their skills and to feel like the way they contribute to the home is valuable. At home that can mean asking them to help with setting the table or sweeping or giving them the responsibility of cleaning their rooms.
Honor Their Interests
One surefire way to boost a child’s confidence is allowing them to pursue their interests. Whether it be reading or video games, help them make goals and reach them to give them a sense of accomplishment.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Many parents think a child’s failure or struggle will lead to the loss of their self-esteem when in reality it is necessary to developing skills in growth.
Always remind your child that your love will never fail. Your unconditional love and support can do amazing things for your children’s self-esteem. Let them know even when they try and fail, you still care for them.
Set Realistic Goals
Encourage your child by reminding them that reaching their goals is a step by step process. Help them stay focused by helping them set realistic and appropriate goals for their age.
Offer appropriate affirmation to your child that is specific and earned. It’s a good idea to keep a list of accomplishments your child has achieved and keep it around for when their spirits are low. Be specific about his or her accomplishments so they can understand what they did well.
Challenge 4 Kids
Challenge 4 Kids is a program that aims to support schools willing to offer a strong educational foundation and shape young leaders. We utilize leadership, effective communications, attitude and development of people skills (L.E.A.D.) to help children grow as individuals. For more information on how we can help your school through fundraising, contact us at 443-429-4356 or online. To get more fundraising ideas follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Google+ and Pinterest.
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