Throughout October 2012, we’ll be working on the concept of “self-esteem.”
All our discussions and activities will aim to help our students understand why they should regard themselves highly and feel good about who they are.
Powerful Words is the name of our character development curriculum here at Urban Martial Arts. It’s designed by one of the nation’s leading childhood development experts, Dr. Robyn Silverman. Every month, we’ll focus on a different Powerful Word, or concept around character development.
In this post, Dr. Robyn answers a question from a parent who wishes her child had more confidence.
Dear Dr. Robyn,
What am I supposed to do? One of my children is so down on himself all the time. How can I help to improve his confidence in himself?
— Amanda A.; Chicago, Il
We all want our children to feel good about themselves for who they are, what they do and who they are working to become.
Here are some ways to ensure that that can happen:
(1) Replace negative language:
When we consistently speak negatively about ourselves, our ugly words stick in our heads.
Our negative self-talk becomes our truth and sets the tone of how others see us as well.
Encourage your son to say at least 3 positive things about himself each day so that he creates a new habit of positive self talk.
(2) Provide interesting experiences:
By encouraging your child to participate in activities that he enjoys, your child will have more positive experiences that will enable him to feel good about himself.
He will also have the ability to make progress, help others and perhaps even master skills in his chosen area.
Whether it’s in sports, academics, school, volunteerism or other community activities, when and where does he feel best? Read the full article →