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Self-esteem is, “The Joy of Being Myself!”

Posted: December 02, 2019

Self-esteem is, “The Joy of Being Myself!”

Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself as a human being. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas.

Self-esteem begins to form in early childhood. Factors that can influence self-esteem include:

  • A child’s own thoughts and perceptions
  • How other people react
  • Experiences at home, school, work and in the community
  • Illness, disability or injury
  • Media messages and social media
  • Teachers, mentors, coaches, and friends

Relationships with those close to you — parents, siblings, peers, teachers and other important contacts — are important to a child’s self-esteem. If a child generally receives positive feedback, they are more likely to see themselves as worthwhile and have healthier self-esteem.

A positive self-esteem allows a child to be:

  • Assertive in expressing their needs and opinions
  • Confident in their ability to make decisions
  • Able to form secure and honest relationships — and less likely to stay in unhealthy ones
  • Realistic about expectations
  • More resilient and better able to weather stress and setbacks

Self-esteem affects virtually every facet of our life. Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of yourself isn't about blowing your own horn. It’s simply the joy of being ourselves.

If your child needs a totally positive atmosphere to help develop their self-esteem, please give us a call.  (516)489-1278

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