From the School Psychologist

Self-esteem by Professor Matt Sanders

Children who have healthy self-esteem are likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school and make friends easily. They are fun people to be around because they are eager to learn and succeed, and because they cope with stress effectively.

However self-esteem doesn’t come built-in at birth. As parents, it is important that we help our children develop a true sense of their own strengths and weaknesses.

Children who receive plenty of praise and encouragement feel good about themselves. A child who believes their parents have confidence in them by allowing them to do certain things by themselves will learn confidence. Telling your child you love them and spending time with them will help your child feel valued and cared for.

It is important also to encourage children to follow a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and good grooming habits help children develop a positive image of themselves. And when your child achieves at something you can let them know that they should feel good about such accomplishments — it is okay to be different and be good at different things.

Parenting Tip: Laughter really is a great medicine. Children who feel good about themselves laugh spontaneously, develop a sense of humour and learn to tell funny stories. Encourage your child to laugh by listening to their stories, playing games and having fun together.

Professor Matt Sanders is founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®. For more information go to www.triplep-parenting.net or (Contact Luciana Carelli: School Psychologist)