The concept of proper human functioning includes interpersonal interactions, emotional reactions, and a general outlook on certain situations (Moghaddam et al., 2017)
Many tend to overlook the importance of self-esteem because it is often taken for granted (Maharani et al., 2017)
- The level of self-esteem grows, allowing children to take a better look at their personality and investigate themselves in order to find something they could be proud of at the end of the day (Cvencek et al., 2018)
- Middle childhood transformation is what creates a bigger part of a person’s self-esteem (Maharani et al., 2017)
- Jadon and Tripathi (2017) suggest that a child’s self-esteem, in this case, is affected by the need to socialize and achieve acceptance from their peers.
- School-age children mediate their self-esteem through numerous interactions with the external environment (Cvencek et al., 2018).
Self-Esteem and Child Adjustment
- One of the key reasons why exaggerated self-esteem is bad is that such children learn quickly to blame others (Moghaddam et al., 2017)
- Even if a higher level of self-esteem could eventually turn children into relentless achievers, it would still be hard for them to socialize properly (Maharani et al., 2017).
Consequences of Low Self-Esteem
- Children with a lower level of self-esteem are often bullied for their inability to respond to external reactions in a timely manner (Jadon & Tripathi, 2017)
- Cvencek et al. (2018) suggest that a lower level of self-esteem leads to a situation where the child resorts to avoidance and quittance
How can we promote a higher level of Self-Esteem among children?
- The sense of delight is going to motivate the child to do more and attempt something new (Moghaddam et al., 2017).
- Every assignment should be hard enough for the child to complete, but it should never be either impossible or too easy (Jadon & Tripathi, 2017).
- Avoid overpraising the child
Cvencek, D., Fryberg, S. A., Covarrubias, R., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2018). Self‐concepts, self‐esteem, and academic achievement of minority and majority North American elementary school children. Child Development, 89(4), 1099-1109.
Jadon, P. S., & Tripathi, S. (2017). Effect of authoritarian parenting style on self-esteem of the child: A systematic review. International Journal of Advance Research and Innovative Ideas in Education, 3(3), 909-913.
Maharani, D. A., Adiatman, M., Rahardjo, A., Burnside, G., & Pine, C. (2017). An assessment of the impacts of child oral health in Indonesia and associations with self-esteem, school performance and perceived employability. BMC Oral Health, 17(1), 65.
Moghaddam, M. F., Validad, A., Rakhshani, T., & Assareh, M. (2017). Child self-esteem and different parenting styles of mothers: A cross-sectional study. Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 19(1), 37-42.