The fourth tip is to encourage your kids to identify and honor their own uniqueness. We are all unique in our own special way. Have your kids brainstorm what they love about themselves – from their values to their character, to their gifts and talents. Have them make an “I love me!” poster which illustrates what they love about themselves. When kids focus on what they love about themselves, their self-esteem will soar.
Fifth, talk with them about the power of positive self-talk. What they say to themselves is more important than what anyone else says to them. When kids learn to talk to themselves with love, compassion, and support, their self-esteem will soar.
Finally, teach your children how to handle the “downs” in life. Teach them how to manage mistakes and failure so that they don’t define themselves by these events. Teach them how to manage fear so that fear doesn’t keep them from their dreams. Teach them how to manage change so they feel powerful in their lives and see themselves as capable and worthy.Learning to handle the “downs” in life as events, not only enhances self-esteem but also leads to powerful self-confidence as kids learn that they can handle anything that comes their way. As we mentioned in the last article no matter how much we love our kids or how much time we spend with them, we can’t give them self-esteem, but what we can do is help them develop it in themselves. Start this week by sharing the six tips from these two articles. Copyright © 2011 Renaye Thornborrow, AdventuresinWisdom.com. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Renaye Thornborrow.