At each stage of a child's life they may find it difficult to build and maintain a positive level of self-esteem. Once they reach their pre-teen and teenage years, peer pressure is high and the challenges of school work and learning new skills can have an effect on self-esteem levels. A child's self-esteem can always use a boost, big or small, so here are some suggestions to help you help your child build healthy self-esteem.
Accentuate the Positive
Celebrate and recognize what a child does right. This is a learning experience for parents because it is natural to point out the things your child is doing wrong. But, no matter how big or small, recognizing the positive in a child's life makes a big impression. Be sure your positive comments are sincere and that you do not go overboard. Children have a way of dismissing what they perceive as insincere compliments no matter how well intentioned.
You can help build your child's self-esteem by recognizing, supporting and celebrating their accomplishments. Support your child by attending their sports games, music recitals or other activities and compliment them on their efforts. You can always find something positive in what they do. You can also take photos and display them in collage picture frames in your home, which will foster a sense of pride in your child whether or not they acknowledge their feelings.
Teach The Positives of Helping Others
Children learn by example, so if you have experienced the satisfaction of helping others, pass that feeling onto your child. Children by nature are very giving. They just need ideas and opportunities to channel that willingness to help others, whether it is helping an elderly relative, volunteering their time or creating their own unique way of giving to others. Satisfaction from helping others is a great boost to a child's self-esteem. Capturing their efforts in photographs and displaying them in school picture frames or photo albums will make them feel good about what they are doing.
Encourage New Experiences
Encourage your child to try new things, even though it may be stressful at first. A good self-esteem booster is learning new skills and gaining confidence in new abilities and skills. Trying new things, whether a hobby, sport or joining a club, opens up a new world and your child may find a new passion or gain skills that can be used later in life. Encourage and support your child in whatever they choose to do. They may not tell you but it will go a long way in building self-esteem and self-confidence. Don't forget to take pictures of their new found activities and let them display them in picture frames in their room or throughout your home.
When building self esteem in children its critical to start these practices early, so you can increase the likelihood of your children developing good self esteem. So start these tips right away and your child will someday thank you for giving them this life changing view of how they view them self.
Many people will be able to remember when toys consisted of blocks, train sets, Lego, Barbie dolls and games like snakes and ladders. Today however, the word 'toy" has been redefined. Today's toys are completely different than they used to be ten or twenty years ago. There are still some of the same toys hanging around, but kids these days are usually looking for more of the newer toys that have been developed in the last couple of years.
Toy makers and manufacturers have changed their way of thinking when it comes to what kinds of toys to design. Kids these days have much higher expectations of what they want out of their toys, and with the newer, technological toys on the market today, and newer, better things coming out all the time, parents have a lot more work to do!
Technological toys entered the market place a few years ago, and the word "toy" has never been the same since. Technological toys range from computer games, and X-box to educational toys like leap frog and battery operated Lego robot toys. There are a ton of different technological toys out there, and parent have the hard task of trying to figure out which ones are harmful to their child's psyche and which ones will actually be healthy for their child to play with.
There aren't too many computer and Nintendo / Xbox games out there that are beneficial to your child. However, because some parents have voiced their concerns over some of these mind numbing games in the last couple of years, the toy developers have now come out with a few educational games that your child will enjoy playing. Some of these games have the education part more cleverly disguised, and your child will not even know that he or she is learning new skills while playing them!
Educational toys for younger children have become more technological as well. Gone are the days of educational toys like the abacus and alphabetical blocks; nowadays, parents of younger kids - even toddlers, are able to buy computer games and video games that their children can play with and enjoy while learning new concepts and skills. There are even exercising plug and play games for toddlers. Parents can plug a toy trike into their television and the toddler can pedal and race on the TV all the while learning about things like shapes, colors, numbers and the alphabet. There are certainly a lot more options out there these days for parents than there were five or ten years ago.
Another educational technological toy that has set the standard for other companies is Leapfrog. This toy maker has been around for years, and they are constantly coming up with new and better ideas for educational toys. They seem to know what kids like, and how they best learn. One of the best things about this toy company is that they make educational toys for a dew different age groups. Parents will like this, because it makes it a lot cheaper when families have more than one child.
It is no secret that toys have been changing in the last ten years. With all of the technological advances made by toy makers and manufacturers, the word "toy' means something completely different than it did to the past generations. Parents will remember when toys meant things like dolls, tea sets, non battery operated cars and trucks, train sets and Lego blocks. Their children however, will remember toys like Nintendo, X Box, Guitar Hero, Robot toys and remote controlled cars, trucks and planes.
Granted, there were some technological toys on the market ten years ago, but they were nowhere near the toys of today! If the toy making trends are to continue on as they have been, I am sure that the next ten years will find us buying robots for our children that have the ability to convert into a few different types of toys.
Ten years ago, the top few toys on the market that children were asking for were toys like the Furby, the Tickle Me Elmo, the Tamagotchi, Beanie Babies and the Teletubbies. There was nothing too technological about these types of toys, and all parents understood them, and how they worked. (Except for the Tamagotchi - some parents may have had some trouble understanding what the point of an electronic pet was!) After that year, the next fads in toys were toys such as, the Baby Furby and, believe it or not, the Yo Yo! The Yo Yo came back on the scene after being completely redone and presented as the new and improved ProYo. Baby Furby was just as big a hit as the Furby of the year before, and toy stores made a good profit off of this interactive toy.
After these toy trends were over, the TV show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" hit the airwaves, and of course, the board game came out before Christmas and was asked for by many kids that year. Along with this popular game came some toys that were a lot more technologically advanced than the toys of Christmas past. One example of this type of toy is the robotic pet. This toy was very popular with both parents and kids, because it provided a type of surrogate for a real pet, without being smelly, dirty or noisy. The robotic pet did a lot of real, pet like things without the hassle of having to care for a real pet. It was also a great idea for families with pet allergies.
After the robotic pet, technology basically took over the toy industry, and now there are toys like, more advanced robotic toys, video games, X Box, Guitar Hero, Nintendo Wii and all of the plug and play games. There are actually toys that allow kids to exercise without even stepping outside! There are still toys in the stores that are like the ones we had years ago, such as doll, cars, train sets, and the like, but kids these days are asking more for the technological toys. Toys have almost become a popularity contest - kids want what their friends have, and if they don't own certain toy, they are not "cool" to their classmates.