Liking themselves helps children feel happy and succeed in life. You can encourage confidence in your kids and improve how they see themselves by reading children’s books about self esteem!
“I LOVE YOU!” my son bellowed to himself in the mirror.
I had to chuckle to myself—earlier that morning, I had told him how important it is to love yourself, to truly believe that you are an amazing person. And one of the ways to affirm that, I suggested, was to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I love you.”
You see, no one is immune to questioning their worth, kids included. A child could be the only one in his class who can’t snap her fingers, or the last one to touch the wall in a game of race.
Maybe he realizes that his twin brother is reading more words, or that he can’t light up the room and delight the crowd as his little sister can.
Self esteem is so important to nurture in our kids, to remind them that they can accomplish so much, or that we all have unique skills we can contribute. Feeling good and liking themselves is healthy and necessary for kids.
So, how can we encourage self esteem in our kids?
Focus on effort, not so much a supposed innate trait your child may have. Diligent practice and commitment—instead of the pressure to get it right the first time—can help him take pride in his growth and effort.
Tell your child you love him no matter what, whether he’s throwing a tantrum, asleep in bed, or away at school. Watch your disappointment—focus on correcting his behavior, but never react in a way that makes him question whether you love him as a person.
You love his personality, even though it can sometimes be so different from your own… and you support his interests, never mind that it feels like you’ve had enough of dinosaurs to last a lifetime.
Children’s books about self esteem
And of course, read books.
Talking to our kids is important, but sometimes reading a book can encourage them to open up or relate to the characters in ways conversations can’t.
You’ll meet characters in these books who’ve felt the same emotions your child feels, making it easier to relate to them. They even give steps and ideas on how to feel good when life seems down. And books remind your child of the many ways he is awesome, exactly the way he is.
These books make excellent reads, whether your child seems full of self esteem or could use a little boost. Take a look at my favorite selections of children’s books about self esteem:
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Tell me in the comments: what are your favorite children’s books about self esteem?
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