The most contented people, of any and all age ranges, tend to have one thing in common: healthy self-esteem. And it follows that helping your children build a positive view of themselves is one of the best gifts you can offer them.
As much as we want to protect our kids from disappointment and unpleasantness, most parents realize that, in reality, this is impossible.
However, by arming your child with a healthy and robust dose of self-esteem, you are providing him or her with everything they need to survive those stumbling blocks; the difficulties and failures that life will inevitably have in store.
Children and adults with good self-esteem are able to make friends more easily; are generally happier and more optimistic; find it easier to resolve problems and conflicts; suffer less anxiety; and subsequently are more successful than their less self-assured counterparts.
There can be no doubt that self-esteem is good for children and will continue to prove helpful well into adulthood. The questions is how to instill a positive sense of self in young children.