Posted in: Blog | October 8, 2021
Ways To Build Your Child’s Self-esteem
When children have high self-esteem, they get the courage to try new things, handle failure well
and are also more likely to try again. When they believe in their abilities and have the
confidence to keep trying, they do well in school, at home and also have a great social life.
Self-esteem is simply what you think about yourself and how you feel about yourself. So, when
a child believes in themself, are proud of their accomplishments and think well of themselves,
we can say they have high self-esteem.
The good news is that self-esteem can be cultivated from a tender age. Here are some ways we
build your child’s self-esteem at Tiny Toes Children’s Day Nursery.
Letting children do simple tasks
Accomplishing a task makes children feel good about themselves.
Children are usually eager to learn, and so we can allow them to do take on duties that are
appropriate for their age. For example, encouraging a child to carry their plate to the kitchen
after they're finished eating.
This might seem like a simple thing, but they'll be so proud of themselves and they'll want to do
more. They’ll let you know that they took the plate or cup to the kitchen without breaking or
dropping it. We also encourage children to tidy their toys away after they're done playing, and to
dress themselves as opposed to doing it for them. We also encourage parents to carry these
things on at home. These forms of after school care may seem like simple things but this will
make the children believe more in themselves and their abilities.
Praise your child
When children accomplish the tasks that’s given to them, it's important to give them praise. If
they didn't complete the task but they tried their best, we still praise their efforts and tell them
they have tried really hard and we're proud of them for giving it a go. This is because the praise
should not only be for the results they have achieved but for the fact that they tried, and gave it
their best effort. This is a habit we’ve developed here at Tiny Toes near Bramhall because we
know the impact it has. It is something that every childcare setting should practice.
While praising your child, be careful not to overdo it. Children are wise and when they know they
didn’t perform well at a task yet you’ve praised them too much, they'll feel you're not being
Be a good example
Children like to emulate people they look up to and top on that list are their parents. They like to
copy what you do as opposed to following what you say. Our early years teachers apply this
principle for all children in our care; from nursery to the Tiny Toes Preschool.
If you want them to have high self-esteem, show them how to achieve it.
You can do this by taking on your tasks enthusiastically and doing what needs to be done.
When they see you putting in effort in what you do, whether it's your day job, house chores
organising a party, they'll also put in more effort while doing their tasks which might be cleaning
their plate, arranging their toys, or even doing their homework. This is how they gain confidence
when they know they can accomplish things. It is important to do this without grumbling because
your child will model the same positive attitude.
Additionally, don't talk down on yourself because children will learn that it's ok to do so.
Don't be too stressed about it
Building your child's self-esteem is a continuous process. It is normal for them to fail sometimes
but this doesn't mean that they are doomed. It may sound strange but when they fail, it's an
opportunity to encourage them to try again and when they are willing to do that, their self-
We all want our children to think highly of themselves and it is possible to achieve this. Just
practice these tips and you'll help build your child's self-esteem. When you bring your child to
our Tiny Toes Children’s Day Nursery, we strive to instill this trait in them.