For many children, developing self-esteem in elementary years has challenges and opportunities at school to grow their confidence by discovering new capabilities and greater independence. Others may find opportunities such as making new friends difficult leading them to doubt themselves. As parents, you can help your child grow their self-esteem through the essential elementary school years to help them build confidence for the future.
Ways to Help Build Self-Esteem in Elementary Years
- Self-Help Activities: As your child grows, he will be able to do more for himself. It is important to allow your child to button his shirt, tie his shoes, or fill his drink cup once he can do it. The more children do for themselves, the more confident they are in their capabilities which boosts self-esteem.
- Praise Wisely: Praising your child’s efforts rather than results is vital for them to learn how to persevere, have a positive attitude, and focus on progress. Children who learn how to focus on trying their best instead of getting everything correct are more likely to have higher self-esteem because they can generally find a positive in their efforts to accomplish a task or reach a goal.
- Helping at Home: Elementary-aged children can contribute to the household in various ways. Giving children chores such as taking out the trash, watering plants, or feeding the family pet will provide them with a sense of purpose and grow their self-esteem.
If you would like to learn more about building your child’s self-esteem, please contact our knowledgable Speech Source Therapy staff at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.