How Focusing on *Your* Self-Esteem Will Help Your Child
We all know how important having high self-esteem is for our children and have even taken an in-depth look at how to help them build up those self-esteem and confidence levels.
But did you realize that one of the most important ways to help your child build up his or her self-esteem is by taking the time to be sure your self-esteem is at a high level? Yes—your self-esteem level can directly impact your child’s.
Boosting Your Self-Esteem
Until you’ve rectified your own self-esteem deficiencies, it’s rather unrealistic to think that you’ll be able to help your children with theirs.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can work to improve your self-esteem.
First, you should stop the habit of avoidance. Have you ever found yourself putting something off because of fears or anxieties related to not being successful? This is a form of avoidance that can be toxic to your self-esteem.
Avoidance of some things can become a form of self-protection, but ultimately, is harming your confidence and self-esteem. Instead of coping with a perhaps difficult situation, avoidance provides a way to put off or not do something altogether.
Learn to cope with changes. Life is change, and if you’re unable or unwilling to cope with those changes, it could hurt your self-esteem. We’re constantly encouraging our children to adapt to change and expect changes to occur through life, but if you’re not practicing what you preach, it’s unlikely to help your child.
Here are a few more steps you can take to improve your self-esteem:
- Identify troubling conditions or situations that can impact your self-esteem.
- Become more aware of thoughts and beliefs.
- Challenge negative or inaccurate ways of thinking.
- Adjust your thoughts and beliefs by replacing negative/inaccurate thoughts with more constructive thoughts.
You can also positively impact your self-esteem by remembering to take care of yourself. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, eat healthier foods and take some time to do things you enjoy. Lastly, be sure you’re spending quality time with those who make you happy.
Drama Kids International is proud to provide children with the opportunity for continued self-esteem building through fun and educational drama classes. Contact the Drama Kids location nearest you to learn more about our drama programs.