Self-esteem is the sum of children’s feelings about themselves. It represents how they value themselves as human beings. The foundation of self-esteem is formed by temperament, intelligence, and aptitude. According to Greene, “During the first four years of life, additional building blocks are mounted on this foundation. These blocks represent family values, child-rearing practices, life experiences, reasonable and clearly communicated expectations, fair and consistently applied rules, and social relationships.” Providing your child with love, security, and appreciation will hold everything together. A child with good self-esteem will have a strong sense of her own competency, worth, and uniqueness.
Strategies To Promote Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
If these ingredients are present in your home, your child will feel more secure, will like and respect herself, and will consider herself to be worthwhile and competent.
Greene, L. J. (1991). 1001 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Schoolwork. New York: Dell Publishing.