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Self-esteem is feeling good about yourself. Good self-esteem helps children try new things, take healthy risks and solve problems. It gives them a solid foundation for their learning and development.

Self-esteem is about liking yourself and who you are. This doesn’t mean being overconfident – just believing in yourself and knowing what you do well.

For children, self-esteem comes from:

  • knowing that they’re loved and that they belong to a family and a community that values them
  • spending quality time with their families
  • being encouraged to try new things, finding things they’re good at and being praised for things that are important to them.

Below are some ideas to boost children's self esteem.