Children with healthy self-esteem feel good about themselves, they have the confidence to try new things, and they’re more able to cope with set-backs and challenges. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Healthy Self-Esteem?

Children with healthy self-esteem also:

  • Tend to be more optimistic, even in the face of a challenge
  • Enjoy interacting with others and making new friends
  • Find solutions to problems instead of giving up
  • Know their strengths and accept their weaknesses
  • Feel confident to assert their needs and opinions
  • Can make decisions independently

How Can I Tell If My Child Has Low Self-Esteem?

In contrast, children with low self-esteem:

  • Dislike trying new things
  • Are overly critical of themselves
  • Find it difficult to identify what they’re good at but can easily tell you what they’re not good at
  • Have a pessimistic view of the world
  • Are unable to see why others would value their friendship
  • Have a low tolerance for challenging situations and give up easily
  • Have little belief in their ability to find solutions to problems and seek help instead

Children aren’t born with healthy self-esteem – it’s something that can be learnt with the right tools and strategies. If your child lacks confidence it might be worthwhile seeking the guidance of a child clinical psychologist. Building a child’s self-esteem can help them cope with life challenges and peer pressures, and it can also increase their resilience against emotional problems later in life.

Click here for information on how to build your child’s self-esteem.