How to strengthen the self-esteem of children on vacation
During the summer holidays, the child’s life is full of exciting activities and interesting events. Parents can use this time to strengthen their child’s self-esteem. Consider 10 simple ways to do this.
1. Let your child choose a fun activity for the whole family for the weekend. If he is still small and such an assignment may be too difficult for him, you can give him a few options to choose from. Do not forget to praise the child for a great choice.
2. Invite your child to try something new for him (for example, a new sport, playing a musical instrument or dancing). Tell him, ” Whatever you choose, I know you will do your best. You can do it.”
3. Use long walks or trips to talk to your child about self-esteem. Remind him :” if you can dance well or play football-it’s great, but I will always love you, no matter what. I will love you simply because you are you.”
4. Together with your child, learn something new – for example, learn the name of a plant that you saw on a walk or learn the history of your city. Tell your child, ” it’s wonderful that you’re interested in so many things. You’re so smart and so quick to learn something new.”
5. Give up for one day something familiar to you (for example, coffee or a mobile phone). Ask your child to do the same (for example, not to pick up a tablet or your favorite toy). Explain to your child that our favorite objects may be of use or interest to us, but we can be happy without them.
6. Entrust the child with new responsibilities around the house, give him more responsibility. Give him something you think he can do well. When the child copes with a new task, do not forget to praise him.
7. If the child is self-critical (for example, if he says, “I’m stupid” or “I can never play this game well”), do not immediately try to deny his words (“No, it’s not”). It is better to ask the child: “Why do you think so?”Let him explain his feelings – so perhaps you can help him better.
8. Invite your child to give a gift or postcard to a familiar child from a poor family, an elderly neighbor or relative. Remind him, ” Helping other people makes you feel better yourself.”
9. Buy your child a notebook and ask him to keep a diary called ” I believe in myself.” Invite him to write down a few positive things that happened to him during the day every night. At the end of the week, you can read together with your child the records of what good has happened during this time.
10. Laugh with your child. Create a happy, safe and inspiring atmosphere in your home. The child must understand that home is a place where he can be himself.