July Asset Building Challenge!

Southington's Town-wide Effort to Promote Success is all about helping youth thrive. One major way to do this is to make sure youth feel valued, not just by teachers and parents, but the entire community in which they live. Do your part and try one of these tips on how to help a youth you know build the July asset, Self-Esteem.

 

1.     Create a safe and loving environment to allow self-esteem to grow.

Southington's Town-wide Effort to Promote Success is all about helping youth thrive. One major way to do this is to make sure youth feel valued, not just by teachers and parents, but the entire community in which they live. Do your part and try one of these tips on how to help a youth you know build the July asset, Self-Esteem.

 

1.     Create a safe and loving environment to allow self-esteem to grow.

2.    Make a habit of giving ten words of acknowledgement each day to a child and watch the closeness grow.

3.    Help children substitute empowering thoughts and words into everyday statements, media slogans, fairy tales, song lyrics.

4.    Create an ‘esteem theme’ – a positive theme each week such as courage; read about it, discuss it and practice it.

5.    Create a special song for your child and sing/hum it on special occasions or at bedtime.

6.    Get into the habit of spending a few moments each night with your child, picturing the next day unfolding in a positive way.

7.    Have a message board by the door of the house and leave encouraging notes and positive messages.

8.    Allow your child to take positive risks to challenge themselves, and remind them that by trying again and practicing, they can achieve anything.

9.    Talk openly and positively about changing happening in your children’s bodies. Take their body image concerns seriously but reiterate that they are wonderful as they are.

10.  Tell your children that you enjoy their company.

11.   Remind your child about what is special about them.

12.   Kids only know that you love them if you tell them directly. Don’t be afraid to say it!

13.  Self-Esteem doesn’t get built when you tell a child “good job!” What are they doing well? Did they work hard to achieve something? When you notice something positive a child is doing, instead of praising them, focus on their behavior and the challenges they overcame to achieve it. Encourage that behavior to happen again by saying, “Wow! I was noticing how hard you studied and it really paid off with that great grade! You got through a tough test on your own; keep up the hard work!” They will see that you’re not proud of the grade, but of their effort, thus boosting their self-esteem!