How Parents Can Support Self-Esteem
- Make time to communicate to your child the importance of education.
- Work with your child to help him or her develop a positive attitude towards schoolwork.
- Practice patience and tolerance.
- "You seem discouraged. Let's go over your mistakes together so that you'll be able to avoid them next time."
- Provide encouragement to your child whenever possible.
- Positive, constructive criticism is the way to go.
- "Great! This report has many good ideas. Lets see if we can work on arranging your thoughts a little better."
- Emphasize what your child does right.
- "Until now you've been doing great. Let's see if we can get you back on track. "
- Continue to expect an increase in accomplishment.
- Be a good listener and pay attention your responding tone of voice.
- Be available to discuss problems your child is having, whether they are large or small.
- Compare your child's progress, to his/her own record.
- Avoid labeling!
- Support self-expression and creativity.
- Set up your child's time schedule to include a balance of work and play.
- Involve children in real chores & helping tasks to give them a sense of accomplishment.
- Take part in your child's education- be active in his or her school.
- Show your love and affection for your child – often!
Prepared by Karen DeBord, Ph.D., State Extension Specialist, Child Development Published by
NORTH CAROLINA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE