How's Your Child's Self-Esteem?

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Hi. I'm Dr. Altman. Does your child have healthy self-esteem? That means your child has a balanced realistic sense of herself she doesn't think she's invincible, but she's also able to take on life's challenges with confidence. So, how can you recognize healthy self-esteem in kids? Children with good self esteem set goals for themselves and work towards them.

Even if they don't succeed the first time, they are determined to try again. A child with good self esteem doesn't think she's better than others, in fact kids with good self esteem see themselves as a part of a larger community. They have strong connections with friends and the family and realize that they are an important part of the community.

If your child's self-esteem needs a little boost, try giving her constructive praise, that means praising her for something truly well done, making it specific and repeating it. For example, Jennifer you're so artistic because you used such nice colors in your drawings. Helping your child learn to recognize her own strength will help her foster healthy self esteem.

I'm Dr. Altman, for more tips to raise happy healthy kids check out all our smart tips right here.