Nurturing self esteem and self confidence in kids - Video

In this short video, Parenting Expert Dr Rosina shares her heart-felt personal story about her own low self esteem as a girl and her research into how to support healthy self esteem and self confidence in children.

Rosina discusses:

What is self esteem (internal validation versus external praise)

Do we really want to raise ‘confident’ children even if they are ‘overconfident’?

Why we want our children to have low self confidence if they are new at a task and high self confidence when they have mastered a task

What is self-esteem and self-confidence and how do you get it?

What is self-esteem and self-confidence and  how do you get it?

Self-esteem and self-confidence are words we use regularly in our day-to-day discussions with friends, family, colleagues, peers and with our children. Many people use the words interchangeably, assume they have the same meaning and even define one using the other but what most people don’t know is that they are NOT the same and that it’s important to know the difference as it can have a huge impact on the quality of your life.

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Personal Power - advice for parents

Personal Power - advice for parents

High self esteem and self confidence allow children to feel good about who they are and believe in themselves.  These children are more likely to try new things and pick themselves up and bounce back after a difficult experience. These are very valuable personal attributes and life skills for your child.

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Understanding and claiming personal power

Does your child give their power away to other people or things outside them? Does your child say things like “that person makes me angry” or “you made me do that” or “she makes me jealous” or “having that thing makes me happy” and in this way give their power away to people and things outside themselves?

OR does your child claim and use their own power by acknowledging that they are responsible for their own feelings, thoughts and behaviours? If a child believes people and things outside them have power over their thoughts, feelings and actions then they can feel powerless as they can’t control things outside themselves. If a child takes responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings and actions then they are in control and powerful.

Discipline that supports good self-esteem: focusing on behaviour rather than the child

When disciplining, our communication can support our children to develop of a strong sense of self or it can make them doubt themselves. 

For example, if our words focus on the child’s behaviour we can help them learn how to act in the world appropriately without hurting their self-esteem. To explain with an example, let’s say your child refuses to share their toys – a common developmental stage for toddlers. If your communication is along the lines of “oh you’re a naughty boy. Why can’t you be more like your friend Braden he shares his toys? Good boys share with their friends when will you learn to share with your friends?”

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Does your child have limiting beliefs?

Does your child have limiting beliefs?

Many times parents ask me about what they can do to change their child’s behaviour. For example, I received an email from a distraught mother asking for help.  “My son doesn’t have any friends, he gets picked on at school and he never stands up for himself. What can I do to help him?” Unfortunately this is a common story for many school children.

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Teach your kids to be proactive problem solvers so they’re safe and happy

Teach your kids to be proactive problem solvers so they’re safe and happy

Parents love their children and so when they see their kids struggle it's natural to want to jump in and help. BUT, this is not always helpful as it teaches them to rely on others to "save them" or to tell them what to do. Here are some valuable parenting tips:

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Old head on young shoulders: parenting to give kids the wisdom of experience

Old head on young shoulders: parenting to give kids the wisdom of experience

How many times have you wished you could put an old head on young shoulders? Especially in the teen years!!! I know my life would have been different if I only knew back then what I know now. Of course our children need to live and learn through their own experiences and we don't want to stifle their new ideas and ways of being. However, there is room for parents, grandparents and teachers to share their life experiences and the insights that come from the wisdom of hindsight to inspire our youth to be the best version of themselves they can be.

In this radio show you’ll learn lots of positive parenting ideas to support your kids to develop key life skills like good self esteem, resilience and a positive attitude to life.

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Positive attitude to parenting

Dr Rosina McAlpine comes to this interview (listen here)  inspired by a recent conference in Positive Psychology.

Learn how positive psychology can help parents and children have a positive attitude to life and develop resilience to overcome life’s challenges. Dr Rosina talks about the practical activities parents can use in their home to help families focus on the good things in life, have gratitude and avoid anxiety and depression.

Hear about the research and success of positive psychology for raising happy, healthy and empowered kids.

Does your child have good self esteem or low self esteem?

In this video Dr Rosina talks about Self Esteem. Self esteem is at the heart of living a happy and fulfilling life. When children feel good about themselves, they think and act in a positive way and they bounce back easily when they encounter life’s setbacks. Unfortunately, many children have low self esteem and this affects so many parts of their lives. A child with low self esteem is less likely to have the courage to make new friends or try new things for fear of rejection or failure. Also, when children feel bad about themselves, they are more likely to have negative thoughts and even misbehave. 

Do you know whether your child has good self esteem or low self esteem? This is not about what you think, but what your child thinks about themselves. In this episode of the Inspired Children TV Parenting Program, Dr Rosina shares some of the questions you can ask your child to help you know whether your child has good or low self esteem. In later episodes, there’ll be lots of information and activities to help your child boost their self esteem and help them fly through life!  

Helping kids overcome the “green-eyed monster” of jealousy

Let’s face it everyone has faced the terrible “green-eyed monster” of jealousy at one time or another in their life, if not many times. So how do we help our kids learn to deal with jealously in a positive way so that they have the skill for life? The key is to teach them about keeping their personal power and not giving it away to a green-eyed monster or anyone else!

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Enhance your child’s self-esteem, attitude and resilience.

Personal power relates to what a child believes about themselves. A child with healthy self-esteem and a ‘can-do’ attitude is more likely to try new activities and be more successful in life. We all know that life is filled with ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. How well do your children deal with challenges or adversity? Resilience is an important personal attribute that helps children pick themselves up when times are tough and keep going! The Inspired Children Program activities enhance your child’s attitude, self-esteem, and resilience developing their overall personal power.

Does your child have healthy self-esteem or do they lack confidence?

Do you hear your child say negative things about themselves like “I’m so dumb” or “I can’t do anything right” or “That’s OK for someone else but not for me”?

Does your child give up easily or are they able to keep going even when life sends challenges their way?

Does your child have a positive attitude or a negative attitude to life?

If you would like to know how to help your child to build healthy self-esteem, have a positive attitude to life and be more resilient, then find out more about your child’s Personal Power and how the Inspired Children Life Skills for Children program can benefit your whole family.

Talking about self esteem and self confidence

In this video Dr Rosina talks about her personal experiences growing up and the effect on self esteem and confidence parents can have in their child's lives.

Dr. Rosina thought Leader for the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0 and author of Inspired Children, presenting at the  P2.0 Talks.  P2.0 Talks was the first conference in history to gather educators from multiple professional fields and continents and recognize Life Skills as distinct, critical skill sets teachable by third party educators.

Life Skills E Book Series

Life Skills E Book Series