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November 2015

Good Parenting Builds Your Child's Self-Esteem

November 18, 2015 3479 Views No comments

In a sense, affection is the "I like you" part of parenting. Affection is a self-esteem builder for kids because it represents a direct confirmation of the young person and it contributes to the social-competence part of the self-esteem equation. Praise is the "I like—or I am proud of—what you are doing" part of parenting. Praise is also a self-esteem builder because it recognizes and reinforces competent behavior in a child.

When it comes to affection and praise, however, parents have a harder job than you might expect. While affection and praise are obvious self-esteem boosts to children as well as great relationship strengtheners, we parents usually do not engage in these types of behavior nearly as often as we should. Adults have the tendency to give feedback to children when the parents are angry, but to keep quiet when they are happy with the youngster's behavior.


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