Building Your Baby's Self-Esteem
Building a strong foundation of self-esteem in your child is important. When children have a good sense of self-esteem they feel worthy of success and happiness, are confident in their abilities, and can cope with the basic challenges of life.
There are many simple things you can do to nurture your child's self-esteem.
• Smile at your baby often and call him by his name. He will see it in your face and hear it in your voice that he is special.
• Spend time with her. To a child, attention equals love. Devote some time each day to paying attention to only her, and she will gain a great sense of self-worth.
• Praise his accomplishments and efforts. He will get the message that he is capable and his self-confidence will grow.
• Allow her to try new things, explore, and problem-solve. Don’t do everything for her. Children get a great sense of accomplishment from completing tasks on their own.