February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month
How can you help children overcome their shyness, boost their self esteem, and succeed in learning and life??
1. Remind them of past successes.
Highlighting past successes doesn’t have to mean just verbally reminding a child that they did something well. It could include framing a photo of their best dance recital, placing awards or trophies in a place of prominence, placing an announcement in the newspaper or family newsletter, or asking them to mentor a younger child on the piano. You can also “brag” to family members or friends within earshot of your child, or encourage a child just for attempting something new.
2. Provide opportunities for new successes.
Consider activities in which they can succeed and build self-esteem: an art class, music lessons, individual or team sports, mentoring younger children or helping serve others through volunteer work.
3. Get to the root of the problem.
According to Dr. Ken Gibson, author of “Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake up the Smart in your Child” kids often beat themselves up over low academic performance. “It’s an endless cycle to try to raise the self-esteem of kids who aren’t performing well—especially if they’re placed into special education instead of trying to address the weak cognitive skills.” Gibson recommends one-on-one brain training to target weak cognitive skills. “When learning is faster and easier, kids tend to have more confidence.”
LearningRx, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the largest one-on-one brain training organization in the world. With 80 Centers in the U.S., and locations in 40 countries around the globe, LearningRx has helped more than 95,000 individuals and families sharpen their cognitive skills to help them think faster, learn easier, and perform better. Their on-site programs partner every client with a personal brain trainer to keep clients engaged, accountable, and on-task — a key advantage over online-only brain exercises. Their pioneering methods have been used in clinical settings for 35 years and have been verified as beneficial in peer-reviewed research papers and journals.