Most people can think of things they’d like to change about the way they were raised. You can change them now, for yourself and your children. Children are a reflection of their parents and low self-esteem can be unintentionally passed down to children. When parents learn to value themselves, they will be better able to value their children and give them the strength to cope with challenges of life.
Healthy self-esteem refers to realistic and accurate appraisal of oneself across a variety of interpersonal situations, including the ability to cope with negative feedback. Unhealthy self-esteem, as in narcissism, refers to insensitivity to others with excessive preoccupation with oneself and one’s own image in the eyes of others. What we want is for children to achieve optimum self-esteem.
We want our children to grow up be independent, productive, caring, contributing members of society. This takes more than gratuitous praise to accomplish. Your child’s inner picture is the framework that determines how he/she treats himself/herself and others. How does your child see himself/herself? This seminar will help you become aware of the subtle and not so subtle ways adults can influence a child’s self esteem.
Respecting and accepting yourself and others
- What is self-esteem and why is it important?
- How is self-esteem developed?
- Concrete ways to explain self-esteem to children
- The effects of joking and labeling
- Teaching/giving children responsibility