We help our children and students flourish and succeed in life when we consciously choose to plant seeds for healthy self-esteem. Depositing these positive and praised filled nutrients into their learning environments is key. Certainly as parents, educators, leaders, mentors we ALL care about seeing our children and students blossom AND succeed in life.
“The most important relationship is the relationship one has with oneself”
We know that self-esteem is an inside job and that a self-esteem is developed and rises from within. The question is…
“What can we do more of as educators, parents, teachers and role models to further shape and fuel positive healthy self-esteem in our children and students today?”.
Three Things We Can Do More Of:
1) Help our children and students to feel accepted. So they can be free to be themselves.
2) Creating the kind of environment where they feel safe, so they can feel free to be who they are, to demonstrate their uniqueness and individual talents without judgment.
3) Focus on building on their strengths, on the things they are good and talented at. Anytime we can inject praise and positivity into the learning environments and classrooms we are delivering the healthy nutrients that can help our children grow, learn, GLOW, and blossom in life.
When it comes to nurturing and inspiring healthy self-esteem in our children and students, what else can we do?
- We educate our children to not tolerate mistreatment.
- We help them to be self respecting, to value themselves, to be respectful toward others.
- Positive regard toward our students and with expectancy that they will treat others in this same way.
- We accept them for who they are and we listen to them and we ‘see’ them.
- We encourage them to be curious, to be critical thinkers.
Essentially our children and students want and need to feel loved and they want to be ‘seen’. They want to be accepted for who they are and not ostracized for being different.
While discipline and frameworks and rules are important, let us also respect the soft skills. Let us demonstrate compassion, empathy, caring and respect for our students and children.
Let us work together on these practices:
- We show respect for them.
- We are curious toward them.
- We engage them.
- We encourage them to explore, be curious and find solutions.
- We praise them when they do well.
What are some of your thoughts, experiences with helping to raise healthy self-esteem within our children and students? Please share your comments below. Together unlocking their seeds of greatness, helping our future generation to bloom and blossom in life.
Janet I Mueller is the CEO of J Mueller Group. She passionately serves and helps her clients and audiences to unlock and achieve their full potential, to raise their self-esteem through personal growth and leadership development. Helping leaders to become excellent leaders through practice and philosophy of servant leadership. Janet is a mom, educator, executive coach, speaker and published author. Coming soon, her new book “The Blossoming – A Leader’s Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential”. Author of “A Champion’s Guide To Thriving Beyond Breast Cancer” Janet is an advocate for women and girls and member of RAINN the largest national anti sexual assault organization. She is hired to speak on personal growth, leadership development and self-esteem.