They’re experiencing awkward physical and emotional changes.
But kids whose self-esteem is too low are more vulnerable to peer pressure. They may do things just to feel liked.
Here are some ways to boost your child’s self-esteem:
- Be positive. Compliment your child on things he does well. Say “I love you” every day. Don’t compare your child to other kids: “Your brother did so well in this class. Why can’t you?”
- Give responsibilities. Expect your child to do his homework, make his bed, care for a pet, etc. He’ll learn to handle important tasks—and feel proud of himself.
- Be encouraging. Support activities your child is interested in. Developing hobbies, skills, and friendships builds kids’ self- confidence.
- Promote independent thinking. Ask, “You’ve told me what your friends say, but what do you think?” Or, “What would you decide if everyone took a secret ballot and no one would ever see your vote?”
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