Parents want their children to grow up with good self-esteem and the feeling that she is a lovable and worthwhile individual. Society’s expectations today are exceedingly high for youngsters. Thus, it has become increasingly difficult for them to meet these standards and feel good about themselves. In my therapy sessions with teenagers, I frequently come across youth who feel the constant need of hiding behind a mask and being someone who they are not to impress others or fit in. They are always afraid that their true selves will not be accepted by their peers. As parents, we must ensure that our children grow up into healthy and confident adults by helping them through the challenging task of building and maintaining a good self-concept.
Parents can strengthen their children’s self-esteem by treating them respectfully, placing value on their views and opinions, and expressing appreciation. Above all, parents must keep in mind that self-esteem is an important part of every child’s development. Take the time to teach, guide, and involve your child. We are the best chance they have.