How Self-Esteem  Develops

Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help a child feel capable, effective, and accepted

• When kids learn to do things for themselves and feel proud of what they can do, they feel capable. • Children feel effective when they see that good things come from efforts like trying hard, getting close to a goal, or making progress. For example, kids who take part in a service projectfeel good about themselves when they see how their actions matter. • When kids feel accepted and understood by a parent or someone close, they are likely to accept themselves, too. Their good feelings about themselves multiply as parents praise good behaviors, help when needed, and give encouragement and support.

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