Self-esteem is how your child thinks and feels about herself. If your child usually likes herself and feels that she deserves good things in life, your child has high self-esteem. If your child dislikes herself or puts herself down, she has low self-esteem.
High self-esteem is important because when your child is confident, she usually gets along better with other people and can get more done. High self-esteem helps your child lead a fuller, more satisfying life. If your child has low self-esteem, she may be afraid to try doing things that could bring success. Your child may overeat, drink, or take drugs to make herself feel better. Your child may distrust others and have problems getting along with friends and family.
Your child may have low self-esteem sometimes and high self-esteem at other times, like when she does well at school.
The way that your child sees herself depends on messages from others, especially parents. Here are some ideas to help you raise your child's self-esteem:
If your child has problems with respecting or liking herself, talk to your healthcare provider or a therapist. Low self-esteem may be linked to depression or anxiety. Seeing a therapist may help your child learn to manage her moods and feelings.