Monday, May 12, 2014
What to do if your Child has a Low Self-Esteem
The other day, I learned that my 11-year old grand daughter thinks she is ugly. In fact she is a beauty, not because I am her Lolo, but that is the reality ( see photo above). She is a Filipino-American MESTIZA with an Irish-Italian father. Because of her poor image of herself she lashes her anger and frustrations to her Mom. I started reading several articles on the subject. However, the one I found helpful was published on empoweringparents.com. It is a fairly long article, but the following are three things a parent should do to improve his/her child self esteem and poor image of himself or herself.
1.Teach your child how to identify the problem at hand.
2.Guide your child as they learn how to solve their problems.
3.Set limits on your child’s behavior, which ultimately shows her/him how to be more independent as they develop.
My own personal opinion is: Love your child and pay more attention to him or her. There is no better solution than to praise your child as often as you can without being a fake.
If your child think she is ugly, tell her she is pretty and beautiful and that you love her for who she is and not what she thinks she is.