Dating and Relationships
- how we see ourselves
- how we feel about ourselves
- how much we value ourselves
Children with healthy self-esteem...
- do better in school
- are more willing to try new things
- are happier
- are healthier
It's easier to build healthy self-esteem in your children from the beginning than it is to rebuild it.
But it's possible to build self-esteem at any age.
- Children have the best chance to have a healthy identity and strong sense of self-worth when their parents possess healthy self-esteem, model it, and want to instill this quality in their children.
- Not every parent has been fortunate enough to have had role models with healthy self-esteem. Strengthening self-esteem for adults can help you get started.
- Building self-esteem in your children is connected to how you discipline, set limits and let your children know what you expect of them. A parenting style that builds self-esteem is not about perfection - neither for you, nor for your child.
When you guide your children to develop healthy self-esteem you are giving them a strong base, lasting personal skills and roots and wings for coping with life. You make a difference.
Healthy Self-Esteem in Relationships
Relationships with family and friends can be both a great source of joy and a great source of stress.
Healthy self-esteem gives you a solid starting position for developing healthy relationships, and makes you a positive role model for others. A sense of humour is a must. And effective communication skills can really make a difference.
- Decide what's important in your relationships
- Express your needs clearly with self-respect and respect for others
- Be encouraging to others, yet truthful when you feel angry
- Recognize if your relationship is unhealthy
- Do your best handling pressure and get help if you need it
- Learn to negotiate differences