Understanding Self-Esteem in Children and Teens

Recognising and Elevating Self-Worth in Children and Teens

Self-esteem is the cornerstone of a young person's emotional health and personal growth.  It's like an inner compass that guides us all through the complexities of growing up and through the adult years that follow. It's reflected in the way we view ourselves, interact with others, and approach challenges. Recognising low self-esteem early, especially in children and teens can be a game changer for them and for your family. 

Self-esteem acts as the inner voice that whispers words of self-assurance or, conversely, self-doubt. For children and teens, this internal dialogue significantly influences their social interactions, academic pursuits, and the willingness to navigate the trials of growing up. Identifying signs of low self-esteem is crucial. It opens a pathway to empowerment and resilience that will serve them well into adulthood.

Recognising the Signs!

When Self Esteem Needs a Boost: What to Look for in Your Child or Teenager

  • HESITATION TO TRY NEW THINGS: A reluctance to engage in unfamiliar activities or social scenarios due to fear of failure or embarrassment.

  • NEGATIVE SELF TALK: Regularly making self-deprecating comments, downplaying achievements, or comparing themselves unfavourably to others.

  • SOCIAL WITHDRAWAL: Avoiding friends, family gatherings, or extracurricular activities, often feeling more comfortable alone or online.

  • PERFORMANCE ANXIETY: Excessive worry about schoolwork or sports performance, leading to avoidance or giving up easily.

  • OVERLY CRITICAL OF THEMSELVES: A tendency to focus on personal shortcomings rather than strengths, and being unforgiving of even minor mistakes.

  • LACK OF SELF-CARE: Showing disinterest in personal appearance or hygiene, which can be a reflection of feelings of unworthiness.

  • DIFFICULTY ACCEPTING POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Shrugging off compliments or praise, or responding with skepticism, as they do not align with their self-perception.

  • PERFECTIONISM OR PROCRASTINATION: Either avoiding tasks altogether due to fear of imperfection or obsessing over details and not completing tasks due to self-imposed pressure.

  • PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Stress, anxiety and other emotions of low self esteem can cause body pains, such as headaches, stomach aches, or general back or neck pains. These pains that cannot be explained by a medical reason could be a sign of low self esteem or another mental health experience.

Building a Stronger Self: Nurturing Self-Esteem in Youth

Empowerment Through Understanding: Nurturing Self-Acceptance with The Esteem Team

At the Esteem Team, we recognise that self-esteem isn't a topic to be shrouded in discomfort but an essential aspect of a young person's life. It's crucial for them to feel valued, capable, and loved for who they are. Our program is designed to nurture this sense of self-worth. In our supportive sessions, kids and teens not only explore the concept of self-esteem but also equip themselves with robust strategies to bolster it. They learn the language of self-acceptance and empathy, enabling them to navigate the waters of peer pressure, academic stress, and societal expectations with resilience and confidence.

The Esteem Team is committed to transforming self-doubt into self-empowerment. Join us to witness your child blossom into their best self, resilient in the face of life's challenges and proud of who they are. Let's embark on this journey towards building a solid foundation of self-esteem that will support their growth into well-adjusted, confident adults.

Why Esteem Team?

Key Benefits of The Esteem Team Program

  • SELF-UNDERSTANDING! Fuel self-empowering experiences by learning to identify personal strengths and areas for growth.

  • RESILIENCE BUILDING! Cultivate coping strategies for overcoming obstacles and setbacks.

  • SELF-ACCEPTANCE! Embrace individuality and promote a positive self-image.

  • PROBLEM-SOLVING! Navigate social and personal challenges with confidence and poise.

  • GOAL SETTING! Have the courage and confidence to set, work towards, and achieve personally fulfilling goals, appreciating that setbacks are part of the process.

  • SOCIAL CONNECTIVITY! Form meaningful relationships with peers on similar journeys.

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