Boosting Children’s Self-Esteem During Summer Break

written by Yanet Vanegas Psy.D. , posted on Psychology Today

Summer break is not only a time for relaxation and fun but also an excellent opportunity to work on boosting children’s self-esteem. With the right activities and mindset, parents and caregivers can help children develop a strong sense of self-worth and confidence that will benefit them throughout their lives.

1. Encourage Exploration and New Experiences

  • Encourage children to try new activities or hobbies they’ve been curious about. Whether it’s learning a new sport, trying a new craft, or exploring nature, each new experience can build confidence as children discover their capabilities.
  • Support their efforts and provide positive reinforcement, focusing on the process rather than just the outcome. Praise their effort, creativity, and perseverance, regardless of the result.

2. Foster Independence

  • Give children age-appropriate responsibilities and opportunities to make decisions. Whether it’s planning a picnic, managing a small budget for a summer project, or taking care of a pet, allowing children to take on responsibilities helps them develop confidence in their abilities.
  • Offer guidance and support when needed, but allow them the freedom to learn from their mistakes and grow from the experience.

3. Cultivate Positive Self-Talk

  • Teach children the power of positive self-talk by modeling it yourself and encouraging them to do the same. Help them identify and challenge negative thoughts or self-doubt by reframing them in a more positive light.
  • Encourage them to practice affirmations or create a “positivity journal” in which they can write down things they like about themselves or achievements they’re proud of.