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How to boost and foster self-esteem in children?

What do you mean by self- esteem? It is the collective ability of the individual to do the prescribed things with precision in a confident manner. Where does it stem from? We can have a plethora of answers for this. Initial experiences when one was a child can contribute immensely to developing ones’ self-esteem. Other than that, the experiences in the child’s life till he becomes an adult could have a bearing on his psyche. So, in that sense, self- esteem is the ability one is having in oneself to do things with precision. People with greater self-esteem will carve out their niches much easily, it has been observed.

Is this an acquired thing? Like can one develop this supposed ability by any means? This question we have to ponder over here. Do you know how children learn about the environment they live in? How are they able to learn the unwritten social r rules? Is it possible to get a coherent answer? The answer is yes, it can be acquired. Sometimes through positive affirmations and also by engaging in activities that will act as a catalyst for developing the self- esteem. This blog will primarily focus on some of the activities that will help in developing a healthy self- esteem. They are-:

1.            Games

Children are generally restless. They will be brimming with energy, most of the times. To channelize that energy what can we do? We can make them engage in various types of social activities so that they will be busy. For example, if a child engages in games such as cricket and football, some of the energy will be expended in that way. Some of the games the child can play include cricket, football, softball, volleyball, tennis etc. Making progress in such games will create a positive impact on the child’s mind and generally improve his confidence. Playing these games every day will create a routine and develop skills such as teamwork etc.

2.            Reading and writing

These are two interlinked activities that are having tremendous importance in the life of the child. By reading books the child will acquire wisdom, and develop a unique perspective with which he can look at the world. For this firstly we have to find his/her favourite genre. Some of the books we can give them include one thousand and one nights, the brothers Grimm’s tales, the Pancha tantra tales and the jataka tales. Authors such as Roald Dahl, JRR Tolkien, E.B.White and C.S.Lewis can also be tried.  At the same time, if you can divine the creative spark latent with on the child, encourage him/her to write.  The child will be influenced by what he reads and what he sees, but he must be encouraged to write.

3.            Excellence in Studies

What can one do if one finds the subject one studies dull and dreary? As their guardians, we can help them connecting textbooks with real-world experiences. This simplification of things will increase the interest of the child in studies and improve his quality of studying. This will further boost his self-esteem as well.

4.            Public Speaking

Most of the times we have seen that children getting exasperated at the prospect of facing a larger audience.  This can be taken care of by adequately and appropriately guiding them by their guardians. Practising in front of the mirror can be an excellent technique.

5.            Musical activities

Engaging the child in musical activities, if he interested, will help in developing better self- esteem.  Here also, appropriate training is necessary.

Children are our hopes for a better tomorrow. By guiding them appropriately, we are doing our part in shaping up the upcoming generations.

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