Parenting

Low Self-Esteem in Children

Having low self-esteem is increasingly common in children. It is very sad for parents to see that their children have such negative feelings about themselves. Parents often wonder what they did wrong and what caused such feelings.

If a child has low self-esteem, they feel as if they are unimportant and do not matter. This is important to recognize early on because if not addressed, the child will carry those issues into adulthood, affecting their professional lives and relationships. Sometimes children with low self-esteem even act rebellious because they try to hide their real personality by acting differently. They are more likely to succumb to peer pressure because they just want to be accepted. Again, a rebellious child turns into a rebellious adult if not addressed early.

Watch for the following symptoms of low self-esteem in your child.

Shyness

Having low self-esteem can cause a child to be shy. But being shy does not mean that they are insecure. Watch for extreme shyness, such as avoiding people and exhibiting antisocial skills.

Insecurity

A child with low self-esteem may not feel safe. They always want someone to be around them so they feel protected.

Fear

The child may have a fear of trying new things because they do not think that they can succeedand they expect to fail and be humiliated.

Pessimism

They always see the glass as half empty. They think that they are losers. Achieving a goalis not even an option.

Dependence

Children with low self esteem are dependent on their family. They do not even think of making friends, which is why they do not have too many because they stick with the people of whom they are familiar.

Low Self-Esteem Left Untreated

Social Consequences

A child’s communication skills, performance at school and social networking skills suffer when they feel insecure.

Learning Disabilities

Since they are afraid of asking even a simple question, learning becomes a challenge.

Conditions at Home

Sometimes parents fail to understand that a child is struggling in school because of low self-esteem. The parents expect much more than the child is able to accomplish. Realizing that they are disappointing their parents could make children feel more useless.

How Can You Help Your Child?

A child who has low self respect needs support from his or her parents. And parents need to show their support through their actions, not just words.

What You Should Do?

  • First, you need to be grateful for the gift that you have been given, your child.
  • You need to be a good role model. You need to be positive and need to guide your child.
  • Never compare your child with other kids.
  • Always congratulate your child for even small accomplishments.
  • Do not criticize your child for the weakness that he or she has.
  • Try to realize your child’s fears. Even if they make no sense to you, they are real to your child.
  • Always motivate your child. Tell them that they are capable of accomplishing whatever they want.
  • Give your child some freedom to let their personalities grow.
  • Trust your child. If you do trust them, they will not trust themselves.
  • Tell your child about the importance of failing. Teach them to learn some lessons from their mistakes.

Show your child that you love them. Recognize low self-esteem as early as possible so that you can begin the steps to correcting it. If you feel lost, it may help to seek the help of a psychiatrist as well.

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