With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to make sure to focus a bit on the importance of instilling self-esteem and self- worth in young children to ensure that they grow to be confident and open-minded children and teenagers, and one day, adults (I know, we don’t like to think about that either!).
During a time of year that is so focused on loving others, we also think that it’s important to make sure that you love yourself. From this, your children will be able to instill the same feelings in others and will literally make the world a better place.
Below, we’re sharing a few ways that you can make sure that you’re children feel confident and understand the value in self-care.
Of course our children know that we love them, that we’re there for them, etc. But let’s be honest, we stare at our screens an awful lot. Whether it’s working late or getting distracted on social media, we’re all guilty of it. For a child who hasn’t yet developed these habits, it’s a sign of disrespect. Think about it: if you were trying to have a conversation with someone or wanted their attention and they were on their phone instead, wouldn’t you feel a bit offended?
If your little one wants to show you something, take a moment and let them show you and let them see that you’re genuinely interested in hearing from them, playing with them, or spending time together. For them to see you prioritizing them will mean the world and make all of the difference in their growth and self-respect down the road.
Our children cannot learn to be kind to others unless we teach them the importance of kindness. Not only is kindness and empathy going to give them gratification because they’ll know that they helped someone or made someones day, but it’ll allow them to make a connection between themselves and another person who is just as important as they are. While we often associate giving with the holiday season, we can show acts of kindness to our children year-round.
Now, more than ever, we need to teach our children to be nonjudgmental and to share their love with those around them regardless of race, fiscal situation, gender, etc.
As children get older, they begin to compare themselves to others which in turn can begin to affect their confidence. Make a point to show your child their strengths and encourage them to see weaknesses as room to grow, not flaws.