As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to feel good and be happy. When the children reach school age, they are more easily influenced by external influences in the form of other children and then there can be greater changes in the child's self-esteem and well-being. Seeing your child feel bad as a parent means a feeling of immense powerlessness.

What is self-esteem? According to the Stanford Social Innovation review, it is how a person views himself. Having high self-esteem seems beneficial in several studies. There are, for example, a number of studies that find a connection between high self-esteem and good grades. Children are born with self-esteem, however, they may encounter obstacles along the way during the course of life that affect it.

So what do you do to strengthen your child's self-esteem?

Below are 7 solid tips that you can apply to increase your child's self-esteem:

  1. Tell your children that they are good enough
    This may sound obvious, but constantly being clear that your child is good in any situation is an important piece of the puzzle when building their self-esteem. Do you have several children? Try not to compare them - for example, in terms of sports performance or school work.

  2. Listen carefully to your children
    Does your child express insecurity? Listen carefully when he talks and try to be present in your conversations.

  3. Try not to talk about your own body in a negative way
    Part of a person's self-esteem is linked to how they view their own body. Children listen to us adults and especially to you as a parent. Try to avoid labeling your body as ugly or wrong. A body is a body.

  4. The children grow with their achievements
    When your child succeeds, his self-esteem grows. Be sure to encourage and affirm the child when he succeeds in a challenge.

  5. Set a reasonable bar for challenges
    Your child may not be able to swim 5 lengths, but one length. Make sure the bar is set at par with your child's ability.

  6. Show unconditional love! 
    This might sound obvious? The fact is that a child who feels loved often becomes more secure and has a higher self-esteem.

  7. Comfort when it doesn't work
    Sometimes we don't reach our goals - that's how it is for all people. The important thing then is to be there, encourage the child to try again but at the same time emphasize that the child's value is not in a challenge or a task.