Self esteem boosting activities for kids dealing with issues of self image and confidence can seem like a daunting task. As someone that is sensitive to their needs, you may not know how to approach them about it or even what to say to them.
However, what’s important to kids is being respected and want to feel like they matter. Show them respect, don’t talk down to them and provide support. You will find these things go a long way, even for those kids who don’t have self esteem problems. Some of the following activities should be suggested:
Make a list of their strengths. One way to build self esteem in young people is to have them list the things they are good at. This is an activity you can do with them as you may see things they don’t. This can help them build their list. Once the list is made, acknowledge it on a regular basis. If you notice something from the list that the child is doing at the moment, give them praise for it. Never go overboard with praise, a child can see right through that, but do give genuine praise and find ways they can use their strengths more.
Try new things. These can be family events or one on one time. Some outings could include such activities as going to play miniature golf, wall climbing, bowling or other things the child may be interested in participating in. Through this, your child might discover that you like them, are not good at everything you try to do. They will see that other people are not perfect including their parent!
This is a good example to talk to the child about that it’s okay not to be perfect, it’s okay to make mistakes. Being human is nothing to beat yourself up about or think that everyone is watching you make these mistakes and judging you. Most importantly, show the child that you can also laugh at the situation. The point is to have fun and not take everything so seriously.
Have a family game night. Yes, go out and buy some board games if you don’t have any at the house. Get the family around the table, and engage them in playing games that require you to interact and talk to each other. Have fun with this and try not to be too competitive. Make it a rule that it’s for fun and it’s not a competition between family members.
Some of my favorite games to play as a family is Monopoly, Scrabble, Loaded Questions Junior Game and Taboo to name a few. All these games require four or more players. You have to interact with each other and they all are a lot of fun. Although, Monopoly and Scrabble may be too advanced for the smaller kids, there are other games out there like Trouble or Chutes and Ladders that are a blast to play with the younger ones!
Family Exercise Time. Exercise is a great way to help build a child’s self esteem. Making it a family project not only makes it fun, but gives you all quality time together. Exercise or playing together for that matter always puts a smile on a kid’s face and not to mention it promotes group activity among family members. It also makes you feel good which makes the experience a positive one. It’s hard to feel bad when you’re participating in something that is exciting and positive. Exercise is a great way to open our minds to self confidence which makes it difficult to focus on a low self image.
Checkout this great resource for building youth self esteem. It is a PDF download that is a good read. Download the e-book Accepting Yourself.
A positive self esteem can be developed. If your child is struggling with these issues, reassure them that they can work on ways to build their own self esteem and that you’ll be there to support them every step of the way.
Check out the video below. It provides some great information on how to boost your child’s self esteem. Learn what you can do to help your child build a positive self-esteem. The presentation defines self-esteem, gives parents tips and explains how to use self-esteem builders.