Where Does Self-Esteem Come From?

Self-esteem evolves throughout life, because we develop our self-image through interactions with others and experiences that we go through. Experiences during one’s childhood are fundamental to developing self-esteem in children, weather it is negative or positive self-esteem. Our successes and failures as well as how we are treated by peers, family members, teachers and others are what make up our self-esteem. It is for this reason that developing self-esteem in children is such an important duty of parenthood.

Developing self-esteem in children 

Developing self esteem in children is important because children with low self-esteem will get very anxious and frustrated when faced with challenges that they perceive to be hard, as their mindset is that they are not good enough and they cannot do anything right so why bother. Children with low self-esteem will often become withdrawn and depressed, and may even become reclusive.

Children with a healthy self-esteem, on the other hand, know what their strengths and weaknesses are yet still feel good about themselves; they are far happier, love taking on challenges, are able to resist negative pressure more easily, smile more, and are generally more optimistic.  It is important that parents, caregivers, educators and other adults are involved in helping children form accurate and healthy perceptions of themselves. 

 

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