Building Children and Young People’s Self-esteem

Children and young people’s self-esteem is about how much they value themselves; when low this has a major impact on the different areas of their lives.  Self-esteem is influenced by personality traits, life experiences and the messages they receive from others (adults, peers, the media). There are a number of factors that underline children and young people’s self-esteem: comparing themselves unfavorably with others, seeing their self-worth based upon their achievements and needing other people’s approval.

Many children and young people with low self-esteem, feel the need to please or impress others, are unwilling to open up about themselves and are unable to be honest with themselves or others. Workers have a key role in helping to develop the self-esteem of these children and young people by:

  1. Helping children and young people to set goals that are both realistic and life-enhancing
  2. Showing young people how to monitor their thoughts and feelings and then how to challenge those that are unhelpful.
  3. Helping young people to understand the value of behaving authentically, not trying to be somebody else
  4. Showing young people how to communicate assertively

From a mindfulness perspective there is also value in helping children and young people to explore their intentions and their attitudes to life which is invaluable.Swoosh