As a parent watching my daughter grow up, it hasn’t always been easy to determine if I was nurturing her self-esteem enough or too much. It’s a balancing act if you are a parent to figure out the best ways to help your kids have high self-esteem.
“Much of a child’s identity is formed early based on their experiences and environment. Therefore, it is imperative for parents and other adults to understand how much of an impact their interactions, positive or negative, can have on a child’s psyche,” says Chicago-based psychologist and licensed therapist, Angela Ali, PhD. She adds, “With effective resources, parents can learn to apply discipline without undermining their identity.”
Babies quickly form memories and patterns in their mind based on their interactions with parents. According to Dr. Ali, “When parents nurture and encourage their children’s gifts early on, they have a much greater chance of developing confidence in their abilities and overall goals.”