Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is:

  • How we see ourselves
  • How we feel about ourselves
  • How we value ourselves

Children with healthy self-esteem:

  • are happier.
  • have more friends.
  • are more likely to be accepted by others.
  • have fewer illnesses.
  • are better able to cope with stress.
Low Self-Esteem

Does your child...

  • Talk about feeling “fat” or “ugly”?
  • Worry about being “too small”, “too big”, “too tall”, “too short” ect…?
  • Talk negatively about parts of their body?
  • Wish they looked like or could be someone else?

If so they may be experiencing body image dissatisfaction and a low self esteem!

The truth about self-esteem

  • Healthy children and adults come in a wide variety of weights, shapes and sizes.
  • Many are disappointed with their body and grow up believing that their appearance isn’t good enough. This can lead to low self-esteem and a poor body image.
  • Healthy body image and self-esteem have a very close relationship and directly influence each other.
  • Body image is the mental picture you have of your body - what it looks like, what you believe about it, and how you feel about it.
  • Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself, how you value and respect yourself as a person.
  • Children who feel good about themselves and their bodies are more likely to have a healthy self-esteem and feelings of positive self-worth. This creates a well-adjusted, emotionally stable and happy child who has the confidence to engage in life’s opportunities.

Did you know?

  • Healthy self-esteem is easier to build than repair.
  • As a parent, you have the greatest influence when it comes to shaping your child’s self-esteem.
  • Developing a healthy self-esteem in childhood can lead to healthy and productive adult lives.

Tips for parents

  • Show your child that they are loved simply because they exist.
  • Avoid comparing your child to other siblings, or other children.
  • Show respect for your child by asking them for their input, opinions, and suggestions.
  • Focus on your child’s strengths and assets, rather than constantly pointing out their weaknesses and problems.
  • Building Self-Esteem (PDF file)

Resources