Jayne M. Rose-Vallee
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How do we keep a child’s perception about themselves positive?

Self-Esteem. Two words when combined mean absolutely nothing to a young child. Self-Esteem has a huge impact on how children engage in activities, work through challenges, and interact with others. What we think and feel about ourselves has a lasting effect on academic performance.

“Low self-esteem can lessen a student’s desire to learn, their ability
to focus, and their willingness to take risks. Positive self-esteem, on
the other hand, is one of the building blocks of school success; it
provides a firm foundation for learning.”

The question seems simple. How do we keep a child’s perception about themselves positive?

Home environment can vary and children are born into their individual surroundings. This is their first glimpse of who they are. Parenting styles are unique and vary greatly. Each child navigates these complexities differently.

Going to school widens the lens to include teachers, staff, and other students. It’s here where outsiders start to impact how a student feels about themselves. Teaching children to recognize their strengths and personal talents can go a long way in promoting their self-esteem. Children want to feel important, valued, and acknowledged.

Encourage young children to identify their strengths. Recognize positive behavior and acknowledge it. React to kindnesses. Give positive feedback. It can be as simple as being good at a game, making their mom smile, or taking good care of their pet. Talents come in many forms and sizes. When the collective “we” have the opportunity to make a difference, take it. Today’s challenge – help where and when you can.