TIPS FOR SUPPORTING HEALTHY SELF WORTH IN YOUR CHILD!
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
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
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!