Using Praise To Build Self-Esteem in Your Child: How To Do It

You should praise your children regularly to let them know when they are doing well. On the other hand, kids also need to learn to appreciate their own efforts. In order to build self-esteem in children, they need to work hard toward a goal and feel good when they achieve it.

If children see their hard work is paying off, encourage them to praise themselves. What you say to your child, and how you say it, can help them recognize their own achievements, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem.

Some key tips to keep in mind include:

  1. You should praise your children regularly to let them know when they are doing well, but make sure your praise is specific, such as praising them for focusing on their math homework

  2. If children see their hard work is paying off, encourage them to praise themselves with positive self talk, by saying things like, “I studied hard for that test!”

  3. The words you select to praise your children can show them how they should praise their own efforts

How can you encourage kids to praise themselves productively? Learn more about fostering self-praise in your child with this helpful article on Understood.org!

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