When it’s time to take your child to a childcare centre in Baldivis or any Perth suburb, you want your child to have healthy self-esteem. To support and promote healthy self-esteem, different ages require different approaches. Here are a few tips.
Self-Esteem and Babies
Babies don’t require a lot of special techniques to develop self-esteem because they don’t have a sense of self yet. However, it is important to treat them well as you are setting a foundation. Basically, all you need to do for babies is respond to them, take care of their needs, hold them often and give them as many smiles, cuddles and soothing words as you can.
Self-Esteem and Toddlers
Toddlers are in the beginning stages of developing a self: knowing who they are and what they can do. They want to start making choices instead of having you make all of them. This is best demonstrated when a toddler first learns the word “no.” As toddlers realise they can make things happen and make decisions on their own, they develop a sense of self-esteem.
However, they are still seeing themselves through your eyes and your approval is crucial to their emotional development. It is important to let your child know you value them and they are special. Tell them they are smart or clever. You should let your child make some decisions, but you may have to coach them through beginning social interactions with both peers and adults.
Self-Esteem and Pre-Schoolers
Somewhere around three years old, children realise their bodies and minds belong to them. They are usually better able to spend time away from their parents at three. If you have done your job right, they feel loved and safe. This is the age where comparison and competition come in. They want to be better than their peers. They will want to be the best, biggest or fastest at things.
At this age, give children balanced feedback. This could be something like, “You are better than Johnny at catching a ball but he is faster than you are.” You want them to feel good about themselves, but you want them to know other kids are important, too.
Cuddles Childcare Centre Can Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem
To learn more or to arrange for child care in Baldivis, contact Cuddles Childcare Centre Bertram: +61 (08) 9419 1844.