There are a number of ways parents can help children improve their ability to consciously make wise decisions.
Develop a positive approach to providing structure for your child. You can learn the basics on positive parenting by clicking to Parenting 101.
Teens with low self-esteem may feel awkward accepting praise.
If that’s true of your youngster, then hand out compliments frugally.
Also, use praise to point out positive character traits.
For instance, “You are a very kind person.” Or, “I like the way you stick with things you do even when it seems hard to do.” You can even praise a child for something he did not do such as “I really liked how you accepted my answer of ‘no’ and didn’t lose your temper.” Teach your child to practice making positive self-statements. Psychologists have found that negative self-talk is behind depression and anxiety.
It will also point you to other CDI pages and CDI products that can help you to improve your child’s or teenager’s self-esteem.
Children remember positive statements we say to them.For example, a child or teen with high self-esteem will be able to: Parents, more than anyone else can promote their child’s self-esteem. If fact, most parents do it without even realizing that their words and actions have great impact on how their child or teenager feels about himself. When you feel good about your child, mention it to him or her.