Self-esteem is a major key to success in life.
The development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is important to the happiness and success of children and teenagers.
Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves, and our behaviour clearly reflects those feelings. For example, a child or teen with high self-esteem will be able to:
l Act independently;
l Assume responsibility;
l Take pride in his/her accomplishments;
l Tolerate frustration; and
l Attempt new tasks and challenges.
On the other hand, a child with low self-esteem will:
l Avoid trying new things;
l Feel unloved and unwanted;
l Blame others for his own shortcomings; and
l Feel, or pretend to feel, emotionally indifferent.
- Child Development Info