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Resolutions: Emotional Well-Being + Self-Esteem

January 13, 2015

By Nely Bergsma

Resolutions: Emotional Well-Being + Self-Esteem | New Year's Resolutions: social well-being, emotional well-being, physical well-being, academic success

This month, YOU Parent is featuring a series on making resolutions that address a child’s four core needs for success in life: social well-being, emotional well-being, physical well-being, and academic development. Visit us each Tuesday in January for the latest article addressing each of these needs.

For most of us, the New Year arrives hand in hand with setting resolutions to change behaviors, make positive life choices, or perhaps try to experience things that we never have.

Self-esteem and a healthy emotional well-being can act as an armor against many of the situations families face from early in life to adulthood both inside and outside of the home. As parents, we can set resolutions that model positive behavior to help our children build healthy self-esteem.

Children with healthy self-esteem benefit in many ways throughout their lives. They tend to be comfortable in social settings and enjoy group activities as well as look to experience new things with confidence. When challenges arise, they work toward finding resolutions and voice their opinions without belittling themselves or others. Here are two New Year’s resolutions you can make to help your child develop strong self-esteem and emotional well-being.

Be a positive role model.
When our children see parents being hard on ourselves, or being pessimistic or unrealistic, they risk looking at themselves the same way. As parents, we can make the resolution to nurture our own self-esteem more than ever this year. We can look at ourselves, our children, and situations that may arise in a more positive and realistic manner. Make simple changes such as personal cleanliness, positive interaction with others, simple acts of kindness, speaking positively about yourself, and avoiding hostile situations.

Enhance the home environment.
As parents, we are responsible for providing a safe home environment for our children. Children who do not feel safe or are abused are at greater risk for having poor self-esteem. Let us take stock of the home we have created for our children this year.

  • Is the home clean and orderly? That will help children feel safer, more comfortable, and take pride in their homes. 
  • Do we have arguments in the home? How are they resolved? Try to make disagreements as levelheaded and respectful as possible. Listen to each other and compromise in a solution. This behavior teaches children the best way to disagree. 
  • Is there trust and open, respectful communication in our home? When we listen to our children when there are problems, we establish trust and respect for them. Children raised in a family who trust and respect each other will have more confidence and stronger self-esteem. 

It is important that we look to identifying behavior, situations, and things in our lives that are within our control. The best way to model healthy self-esteem is to look at these obstacles in a realistic way and make positive changes while our children are watching and interacting with us.

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