Low Self-Esteem



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

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; self-esteem is learned and can be changed.  Building a child’s self-esteem can help them cope with life challenges and peer pressures, and increase their resilience against psychological difficulties later in life.