Self-esteem is how a person evaluates himself and this concept appears to fluctuate throughout life. As a parent or teacher we can nurture self-esteem in a child and help it to grow by presenting the child with challenges which will result in success. Success breeds success, and success is one of the building blocks of self-esteem.
Abraham Maslow included self-esteem in his hierarchy of needs theory, describing two different forms of esteem – the need for self-respect and the need for respect from others. Respect from others embraces acceptance, recognition and appreciation. These needs can easily be fulfilled by parents and teachers. Parents often wonder why some children are not motivated –perhaps we should consider giving these childrens challenges which embrace their special talents. This would give opportunity for success and genuine, deserved praise which will, in turn, build self-esteem.
Remember: Self-confidence is the first step to great accomplishments!