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12 Effective Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Self-Esteem

By Lori Garcia |

Self-confidence is important for all children. It’s the foundation upon which they base their self-worth and decisions that will one day impact everything they do. Geez, no pressure or anything.

As parents, we worry about instilling just the right amount of confidence in our kids so they’ll grow up strong enough to resist peer pressure, yet humble enough that they’re not cocky buttheads. It’s a delicate balance, really.

Most parents I know use good old-fashioned praise with their children, and while praise is an important part of instilling self-confidence, I often wonder if it’s the most effective way. In researching practical methods to boost self-confidence in my introverted child, I learned some really valuable tips worth sharing – check them out after the jump!nggallery id=’127326′

Practical Methods to Build Sef-Confidence - Self-Esteem in Children

Show your pride

Take every opportunity to showcase your child's accomplishments. Whether it's artwork on the fridge or a trophy on a bookcase, allow your child to see how much their hard work and dedication matters. Dr. Sears recommends parents, "Discover [each accomplishment], encourage it, frame it, and display it."
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For more valuable tips and resources for boosting your child’s self-confidence, visit Scholastic, Dr. Sears, and WebMD.

How do you encourage your child’s self-esteem?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “12 Effective Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Self-Esteem

  1. TessD says:

    Here’s another:

    Allow them to make mistakes, correct the mistakes, and learn from it.

  2. Rebecca Magliozzi says:

    Here is another one as well:
    Protect them from extended family who gossip about them and seek to ruin their reputation. Especially if they are disabled.

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