Self-Esteem Tips – The Easy Way

Go deep in their interests. If your child is excited about dinosaurs, go to the dinosaur museum, get the dinosaur books, puppets and videos, learn about paleontology online or go on a fossil dig.

Share your own interests. If you are a gardener, get them in the garden with you, or get them a children’s gardening kit. They know it’s important to you, and now you are sharing with them.

Play with them. Play is their number one job through six years old, join them! Don’t know how? Take a wider look at play. Play includes pretend play, dress-up, arts and crafts, board games, building blocks, movement games, sing-alongs, word play, floortime and more.

Give them lots of social opportunity and coach when needed. A piece of self-esteem is feeling socially connected. Give children opportunities to develop good social and play skills often. If things aren’t going well, look at why and work on it.

Keep them challenged, but not overwhelmed. If your child is managing 10 piece puzzles now, think 20 piece puzzles soon. If they are reading books with three sentences on a page, think six sentences. Constantly be thinking of the next step, but go just a bit harder, so you don’t overwhelm.

To learn more about this and other information about children’s self-esteem, join me for an evening workshop on Self-Esteem, Wednesday May 11 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. To learn more and register, please visit

Author: Dr. Rene Hackney

With a MA in school psychology and a PhD in developmental psychology, I founded and work as a parent educator at Parenting Playgroups. Somewhere in there I trained in the Developmental Clinic at Children's NMC and in the public schools. I have two beautiful, funny children who make me practice what I preach most everyday.

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