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Self worth relates to our sense of self, how much we like and value ourselves and how we see ourselves as worthy. Healthy self worth is important because it influences our overall well being including our relationships, emotional health, motivation, sense of competence and decision-making.

Self worth is influenced by a range of factors including age, illness, disability, genetics, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, thought patterns and quality of early relationships.

During adolescence, healthy self-worth is the anchor that supports as young people navigate everyday life challenges. A young person's self worth is rooted in the quality of their relationship with their parents or carers.

So what does healthy self worth look like?

  • Confidence in own abilities

  • Healthy relationship with self and in turn others

  • Effective communication

  • Flexible with change

  • Generally driven to succeed

  • Understand and advocate for their own wants and needs- healthy boundaries

  • Realistic expectations of self

How can you recognise low self worth?

  • Struggles with mental health issues such as depression/low mood, anxiety

  • Lack confidence and feeling inadequate

  • Comparing themselves with others

  • Struggle with relationships especially expressing their needs and setting boundaries

  • Avoiding social situations

  • Resisting new experiences due to fear of failure

  • Low motivation

  • Negative life outlook

Although it is normal to see self worth fluctuate in young people, there are things you can do as a parent which will support their development. Here are a few tips for building self worth in your child:

  • Spend quality time with your child

  • Point out their strengths

  • Let them take healthy risks

  • Encourage positive self-talk

  • Acknowledge good choices

  • Model open communication and boundary setting

The most significant contributor to healthy self worth in young people is their relationship with you: feeling loved, accepted and secure in that space!

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