Be Happier and Develop Healthier Self-Esteem

To love and nurture our children, we also love and nurture ourselves as parents. When a crisis occurs with our children, we may drop everything, forgetting ourselves and providing immediate, unconditional support. We give our time and resources to restore our children’s well-being. Never lose sight, though, of your own need as a giving parent for support and affection. The foundation of self esteem for us and our children is the healthy viewpoint of knowing our temperament, emotional reaction patterns, and how resilient we train ourselves to become.

Table of Contents

Parent Self Esteem Is Important
Self Esteem Tasks for Children
Early childhood: Ages birth - 6
Middle childhood: Ages 7-12
Adolescence: Ages 13-18

Developmental Pressures on Parents’ Self-Esteem
Early Childhood
Middle Childhood
Parent Self-Esteem
Coaching Parents in Self-Esteem
How Can You Realize Parent Self-Esteem
Coaching Parents in Self-Esteem

Do You Have Low Self-Esteem?
So How do You Build Self-Esteem?
Developing Self-Esteem During Childhood
Self Image
Snapshot Moments of Your Parenting
Parents are Powerful Models
Dynamics of Building Self-Esteem in Children
Parenting Conversations



This E-book outlines the developmental tasks related to self-esteem that face young children, grade schoolers, and adolescents, as well as the special pressures parents may face with each of these age groups.

Key issues underlying parents’ self-esteem also will be summarized. The charts that follow summarize the key concepts that relate to parent self- esteem. This approach to self-esteem is based on the four key concepts identified in *I’m Positive: Growing Up With Self-Esteem.*

I am a Person.       I am a Dreamer.       I am a Champion.       I am a Friend.       *[Extension Publication S-31]: