Self esteem seems to be the new buzz word for today. Yet, the fad that it has become does not take away from the importance of a healthy value system of oneself.
Self esteem can be defined in simple terms as the value you place on yourself. The beliefs and concepts, whether correct or not, that you have about yourself. Why is that important for your child? A good base or foundation, in this area, will benefit your child throughout their years, from their childhood and through each stage that follows. Self esteem is a fairly reliable meter of one’s mental health.
A strong self esteem helps your child handle conflicts and it also equips them with the ability to resist negative influences. Research has shown this concept to hold true. A child that can correctly handle peer pressure will be a child that is more happy and secure with themselves. A happy and secure child will be one that is confident and loving.
Independence, which is a crucial developmental milestone, is helped by higher self esteem, as is responsibility, and the task of facing new challenges. Children having the ability to handle both positive and negative emotional feelings are also added benefits. When your child is strong and confident, they should have an easier time handling situations when they are at odds with their siblings and friends.
This strong positive outlook will help your child in any transitional period that they may find themselves in. A move to a different neighborhood, a new school, and new additions to your family are all situations that can be a challenge for most children. Even something as simple as a new classmate can be hard for some children to handle. A good self esteem can help in all of these situations.
This is the foundation that your child will build from. A happy, secure, and confident child should have an easier transition into adolescence. The pre-teen and teenage years can be quite a confusing time. A child that enters this time frame, having the correct mental and emotional tools available, can be much more successful at navigating this stormy period.
When a child has low self esteem, they may have issues with insecurity and anxiety. Also they may have a hard time making friends and have problems with acting out. Bringing these issues into adolescence can lead to underachievement and even depression.
Self esteem is very important in every stage of life. Having a good foundation, starting from childhood, is probably the most important element with self esteem.