Boys Self-Esteem Building— According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Self-esteem plays a central role in a child’s motivation and achievements in school, athletics, and social relationships”.
Given the powerful role and tremendous importance of a boy’s sense of esteem, I’m sure you agree that building strong self-esteem is essential to a successful and happy life for boys of all ages.
I see healthy self-esteem as a life skill that must be taught and powerfully instilled in children.
For a moment, I ask you to think of healthy self-esteem as a life skill that must be practiced in a similar fashion to personal body care skills. You already know that in order to keep a body in good shape one must take daily actions. Bathing, grooming, eating, exercising, and relaxing are all examples of essential, daily body-care actions.
Now consider building self-esteem from the same perspective as performing daily personal body care. From this perspective, two primary components to building a strong sense of self-esteem in kids emerge. They are:
- Building healthy self-esteem takes time and effort.
- Maintaining self-esteem requires daily attention (because it is a never-ending and lovely journey we all travel).
Because one’s sense of self-esteem is a central determinant to experiencing a successful, happy and fulfilling life, it is wise and prudent to make time every single day to teach your child how to build up his sense of self-esteem. You can help build and improve your son’s sense of self-esteem right now with the 13 simple self-esteem-building tips outlined below.
Thirteen Tips for Building Self-Esteem in Boys
- Take time to do things you enjoy.
- Do things that make use of your own special talents and abilities.
- Give yourself rewards.
- Learn something new or improve your skills.
- Spend time with people.
- Begin doing those things that you know will make you feel better about yourself.
- Do something nice for another person.
- Make it a point to treat yourself well every day.
- Share some smiles & hugs.
- Truly communicating & listening.
- Respecting self and others.
- Praise and acceptance.
- Making eye contact.
(Excerpted, in part, from Building Self-esteem A Self-Help Guide)
Just imagine minutes from now how great you’ll feel when you are enjoying one of these tips by sharing it with your precious son. Encourage him to practice any or all of the self-esteem building skills outlined above and he will no doubt master the vital life skill of building and maintaining a healthy sense of esteem.
FACT! Self-Esteem is an ongoing journey, therefore daily action is required to build, improve, strengthen, and maintain a boy’s positive self-esteem. (Psst…. please remember that everyone feels bad from time to time and not only is this perfectly ok, but it is also a normal part of having healthy self-esteem.)
For more about how to build self-esteem in kids, please read my article about Self-Esteem Facts.
Until next time, keep practicing the self-esteem tips outlined above…
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