TA K E H O M E
THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT ME!
Children who feel good about themselves are better able to cope with daily
situations. Children develop self-esteem by receiving praise and
encouragement from family members and through love and
security provided at home.
No child excels at everything. Some children can run fast
or jump high, others easily learn to read or write, and some
can tie their own shoes at an early age. But some tasks are
more difficult for individual children.
Assure your child that it is okay if he or she cannot do something. Usu-
ally practice will develop or improve skills. Acknowledge your child’s skills as
they develop, and notice her or his efforts to learn new skills. Recognize your
child’s accomplishments, such as putting away a toy, getting dressed, throw-
ing a ball, or reading or looking through a book with you.
EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL
Help children feel good about themselves and their abilities by recognizing
them. Offer smiles, hugs, and words, such as “I like the colors you used!” or
“You really worked hard on that!”
Encourage individualization. Children may color the sky green and the
grass pink, and that is okay. Some children love to sing and make up their
own songs. Other children dance to their own music and their own beat.
You can help your child feel good about himself or herself. In front of a
mirror, have your child repeat affirmations, such as “My favorite thing about
me is (my hair, my smile, how smart I am)” and “I sure can (whistle, draw,
From Social and Emotional Well-Being by Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, and Becky S. Bennett,
© 2014. Published by Redleaf Press, www.redleafpress.org. This page may be reproduced for classroom use only.