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3/2/2022

How to teach our kids self-worth

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to help them develop a strong sense of self-worth.

This is an important topic for parents, guardians or caregivers of children.

I would describe parents, guardians or caregivers of children as a group of people who are committed to cultivating self-esteem and self-worth in children, so that children can ultimately grow up to be happy, healthy young adults, who make informed choices about the relationships they move towards, and the relationships they move away from.

So how do we cultivate self-esteem and self-worth?

Self-esteem and self-worth are two different things, although many people use the terms interchangeably. Self-esteem is a measure of how you feel about yourself, whereas self-worth is a measure of how much you believe you are worth.

If you have high self-esteem, it means that you think highly of yourself and your accomplishments, but if you have low self-worth, it means that you do not feel as though you deserve to be happy or accomplish anything meaningful in life.

The first step to promoting self-confidence and self esteem in our children is to teach them what self-worth means. When children feel good about themselves, they are more likely to make healthy choices in relationships and other areas of their lives.

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to help them develop a strong sense of self-worth by helping them learn what it means and how they can promote it in themselves.

Want to learn more about this?

An article published in the Irish Examiner by Colman Noctor, a child-adolescent psychotherapist, is worth a read if this is a topic you wish to learn more about...

Read Colman's article Why a child's truth is the only one that matters here

Here is a section from his thought-provoking, child-centered article:

"It is difficult to know why parents equate their children's achievements with their worth. I sometimes wonder if this is connected to their own experience of childhood. Could it be an attempt to vicariously re-live or recreate the glory days of their youth? Or is it that we have become so outcome-focused as a society that tangible measurement in the form of medals, prizes and accolades determine what is of value and what is not? Children often view the world as an attention economy and see themselves in a race for visibility. As parents, teachers and coaches, we set the tone of what aspects of children’s lives we acknowledge more than others"



Read Colman's article Why a child's truth is the only one that matters here Lots to think about in this article.

And I firmly believe that self-worth is inextricably related to choices that human's make in who they commit to intimately, jobs they choose, friendships they walk away from. Therefore, a topic worth thinking about.

Jenny Fahy

How to teach our kids self-worth

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to help them develop a strong sense of self-worth.

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This is an important topic for parents, guardians or caregivers of children.

I would describe parents, guardians or caregivers of children as a group of people who are committed to cultivating self-esteem and self-worth in children, so that children can ultimately grow up to be happy, healthy young adults, who make informed choices about the relationships they move towards, and the relationships they move away from.

So how do we cultivate self-esteem and self-worth?

Self-esteem and self-worth are two different things, although many people use the terms interchangeably. Self-esteem is a measure of how you feel about yourself, whereas self-worth is a measure of how much you believe you are worth.

If you have high self-esteem, it means that you think highly of yourself and your accomplishments, but if you have low self-worth, it means that you do not feel as though you deserve to be happy or accomplish anything meaningful in life.

The first step to promoting self-confidence and self esteem in our children is to teach them what self-worth means. When children feel good about themselves, they are more likely to make healthy choices in relationships and other areas of their lives.

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to help them develop a strong sense of self-worth by helping them learn what it means and how they can promote it in themselves.

Want to learn more about this?

An article published in the Irish Examiner by Colman Noctor, a child-adolescent psychotherapist, is worth a read if this is a topic you wish to learn more about...

Read Colman's article Why a child's truth is the only one that matters here

Here is a section from his thought-provoking, child-centered article:

"It is difficult to know why parents equate their children's achievements with their worth. I sometimes wonder if this is connected to their own experience of childhood. Could it be an attempt to vicariously re-live or recreate the glory days of their youth? Or is it that we have become so outcome-focused as a society that tangible measurement in the form of medals, prizes and accolades determine what is of value and what is not? Children often view the world as an attention economy and see themselves in a race for visibility. As parents, teachers and coaches, we set the tone of what aspects of children’s lives we acknowledge more than others"



Read Colman's article Why a child's truth is the only one that matters here Lots to think about in this article.

And I firmly believe that self-worth is inextricably related to choices that human's make in who they commit to intimately, jobs they choose, friendships they walk away from. Therefore, a topic worth thinking about.

Jenny Fahy
3/2/2022

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