You can’t bestow self-esteem on your child, but you can nurture its three key elements:
1. Acceptance. Tell your child you love her all the time—not just when she’s good or successful. Compliment her more; criticize her less. Help her develop friendships and social skills.
2. Confidence. Emphasize your child’s strengths. Accept, don’t dwell on, weaknesses. Point out progress. Help her see that her actions do make a
3. A sense of purpose. Help your child set attainable goals. Be positive about her abilities to succeed. Help her see that she can overcome difficulties. Provide incentives and rewards.
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