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.