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Developing positive self-image in your children

Developing a positive self-image in your children is essential if you want your kids to be healthy, positive and confident individuals. Here are few tips to help you in developing positive self-image in your children.

Tips for Parent By Ariba Khaliq / May 05, 2015

Raising a Confident Child

Self-esteem is a major key to a positive self-image and hence, success in life. The development of a healthy self-image is extremely important to the happiness and success of children and teenagers. A child or teen with high self-esteem will be able to act independently, assume responsibility, take pride in his accomplishments, tolerate frustration, attempt new tasks and challenges, handle positive and negative emotions, and offer assistance to others. Parents, more than anyone else can promote their child’s positive self-image. It isn’t a particularly difficult thing to do. Here are a few tips.

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Working against Anger

Teach children to change their demands to preferences. Point out to children that there is no reason why they must get everything they want and that they need not feel angry either. Encourage them to work against anger by setting a good example and by reinforcing them when they display appropriate reactions rather than anger.

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Asking for What They Want

Encourage your children to ask for what they want assertively; pointing out that there is no guarantee that they will get it. Reinforce them for asking and avoid anticipating their desires.

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Owning their Feelings

Let children know they create and are responsible for any feeling they experience. Likewise, they are not responsible for others’ feelings. Avoid blaming children for how you feel.

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Pursuing Their Interests

Encourage your children to develop hobbies and interests which give them pleasure and which they can pursue independently.

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Getting Back at Tease

Help your children develop “tease tolerance” by pointing out that some teasing can’t hurt. Help children learn to cope with teasing by ignoring it while using positive self-talk such as “names can never hurt me,” “teases have no power over me,” and “if I can resist this tease, then I’m building emotional muscle.

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Having Options

Help your children think in terms of alternative options and possibilities rather than depending upon one option for satisfaction. A child who has only one friend and loses that friend is friendless. However, a child who has many friends and loses one, still has many. This same principle holds true in many different areas. Whenever you think there is only one thing which can satisfy you, you limit your potential for being satisfied! The more you help your children realize that there are many options in every situation, the more you increase their potential for satisfaction.

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Laughing at Themselves

Laugh with your children and encourage them to laugh at themselves. People who take themselves very seriously are undoubtedly decreasing their enjoyment in life. A good sense of humour and the ability to make light of life are important ingredients for increasing one’s overall enjoyment.

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