Self-esteem is a person’s subjective evaluation of their worth. It encircles beliefs about oneself (for example, “I am unloved,” “I am worthy”), as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and guilt. Self-esteem is the positive or negative evaluations of the self and how we feel about it.
Self-esteem is an attractive psychological raise because it predicts specific outcomes, such as academic achievement, happiness, satisfaction in marriage and relationships, and criminal behavior. Psychologists regard self-esteem as an enduring personality characteristic, though normal, short-term variations also exist.
Children who feel good about themselves dare to try new things. They are more prone to try their best. They feel proud of what they can do. Self-esteem helps children cope with mistakes. It helps kids try again and again, even if they fail at first. Consequently, self-esteem helps kids do better at school, at home, and with friends.
How to Spot Signs of Low Self-Esteem in Your Child?
Kids with low self-esteem are not sure of themselves. Children with low self-esteem may let others treat them poorly. They may have a tough time standing up for themselves. They may lose hope and give up easily or not try at all. Kids with such problems find it hard to cope when making a mistake, lose, or fail. As a result, they may not perform well as they could.
Self-esteem develops when children get to see that what activity they do matters to others. Assistance with kind acts builds self-esteem and other good feelings. Assistance, guidance, and talking to our kids is important, but sometimes reading a book can encourage them to open up or relate to the characters in such a befitting manner, conversations can’t.
You’ll meet characters in the following books who’ve felt the same emotions your child feels, making it simpler and easier to relate to them. They even give steps and ideas on how to feel good when life seems complicated. And books remind your child of the many ways he is remarkable, exactly the way he or she is.
These books make excellent reads, whether your child seems full of self-esteem or could use a little improvement. Take a look at this selection of children’s books about self esteem
The Classrooms All Young Children Need
Author: Patricia M. Cooper
In The Classrooms All Young Children Need, Patricia M. Cooper takes a synoptic view of Paley’s many books and articles, charting the evolution of Paley’s thinking while revealing the seminal characteristics of her teaching philosophy. This careful analysis leads Cooper to identify a pedagogical model organized around two complementary principles: a curriculum that promotes play and imagination, and the idea of classrooms as fair places where young children of every color, ability, and disposition are welcome. With timely attention paid to debates about the reduction in time for play in the early childhood classroom, the role of race in education, and No Child Left Behind, The Classrooms All Young Children Need will be embraced by anyone tasked with teaching our youngest pupils.
What Do You Stand For? For Kids
Author: Barbara A. Lewis
Some kids stand out. Other people look up to them and want to be like them. Their parents and teachers are proud of them. They make friends easily, and they seem to be aware of the right things to say and do. Would you like to be that kind of person? Maybe you already are, and you’re searching for further ways to be the best person you can be. This best-selling book can help you discover your good qualities and make them stronger. These qualities are called positive character traits. When you’re a person of good character, people respect you more. And you respect yourself.
Stand Up to Bullying
Author: Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein and Elizabeth Verdick
Stand Up to Bullying teaches kids how to safely take a stand against bullying, support kids who are targeted, and spread the word that bullying is not cool – it isn’t warm-hearted. The power to end bullying starts with one person: you. Read the best-seller Stand Up to Bullying and learn to deal with bullying.
You are Smarter Than You Think
Author: Thomas Armstrong
An award-winning expert wrote on the topic. This book introduces the theory, explains the different types of intelligence (like Word Smart, Self Smart, Body Smart). The books also help kids identify their learning strengths and use their unique skills at school, at home, and in life.
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide
Author: Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is a one-of-a-kind book full of sage advice to help children understand themselves, relate well with others, and reach their potential in life. This updated classic is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn’t always support or understand high ability. Full of fresh illustrations, surprising facts, cutting-edge research, and survey results. Step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes and stories, and insightful expert essays. The guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are.
Speak Up and Get Along
Author: Scott Cooper
This book teaches you a different set of tools to assist you with a different part of speaking up and getting along. School can be a lot of fun. It’s great to learn new things and hang out with friends. But school can also be hard and not just because you have to learn fractions and world history. It’s hard because you’ve got to work, play, and spend all your time with other kids and adults.
You have to get along with people in a class, in the hallways, on the playground, gym, bus, and just about everywhere else. That is exactly what this book is; children can take out and use a set of 21 concrete techniques to express themselves, create relationships, stop conflicts and battles, halt bullying, and beat sad feelings. Each instrument is clearly defined, demonstrated by examples true to life, and accompanied by dialogue and lines that children can practice and use.
The Struggle to Be Strong
Author: Al Desetta
Jamel loses his friends to marijuana; Artiqua dates a boy of another race despite her family’s opposition. Younique was abandoned by her mother; Charlene is raising her brothers and sisters because their mother is addicted to drugs; Craig is gay and worried about coming out. All of these teens have more than their share of troubles. And all have the resiliency needed to face them, live through them, and move forward with courage, confidence, and hope.
In 30 first-person accounts, teens tell how they overcame major life obstacles. Many aren’t the everyday problems most kids encounter, which makes their stories especially compelling and their successes especially inspiring. As teens read The Struggle to Be Strong, they discover they’re not alone in facing life’s problems and difficulties. They learn seven resiliencies which include insight, independence, relationships, initiative, creativity, humor, and morality that everyone needs to survive and thrive in even the toughest times. Vivid, articulate, and candid, this book will motivate readers of all ages to build the skills and strengths they need to triumph over adversity.
What To Do When Good Enough Is Not Good Enough
Author: Thomas S. Greenspon
Are you afraid to try new things because you might not be good at them? Are you scared to speak up because you might say something stupid? Do you get upset when people criticize you? Everyone feels unsure of themselves sometimes. If you feel that way a lot, this book can help. Perfectionism may sound like a worthwhile purpose, but it is a burden. You live in constant fear of making mistakes when you believe you should be fine. Most children do not understand what perfectionism is, but many are suffering from it. Nothing they are doing is good enough, ever. School tasks are difficult to initiate or to hand in. Relationships are stressful and low self-esteem. This book helps children understand how they get harmed by perfectionism and how to free themselves. The book includes vignettes true to life, drills, and a message to grownups.
Just As You Are
Author: Michelle Skeen and Kelly Skeen
You probably feel you forced to live up to the unrealistic expectations set by our society, the media, and even your peers if you are like many teenagers. Everybody wants perfect hair, an ideal body, cool mates, and good grades. But while striving to do your best is all right, it is also easy to get caught up in an endless game of comparison that can feed your inner critic and rob you of your happiness. So, how do you break away from negative self-criticism and discover your strengths to appreciate? The author gives easy tips on Just as You Are to help you conquer feelings of inadequacy and indignity, avoid comparing yourself to others, and be more open and accept all facets of who you are. It isn’t easy often to see yourself with clarity and compassion, and this book sheds light on those mentioned above credible.
Stick Up for Yourself
Author: Gershen Kaufman
Do wish you could stick up for yourself, but you do not know how? This book can help. In simple words and real-life examples, it shows you how to stick up for yourself with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even parents and teachers. This book is the best guide for every child who has ever been picked up at school, bossed around, blamed, or treated unfairly for something he or she did not do. Children learn how to create relationships, become responsible, control their anger, develop a vocabulary of “feelings”, make the right decisions, fix problems, set goals, be happy, and be proud.
Children’s questions are combined with responses on how to deal with things calmly, confidently, and efficiently. The “self-esteem backlash” is discussed in a special note to parents and teachers and describes what self-esteem is and why it is needed more than ever by children today. It is one of the best children’s books about self-esteem, which has helped countless children develop skills for self-esteem and confidence.
Author: Cindy Pan and Vanessa Wodds
The latest research on childhood development distilled into 100 easy-to-understand tips to raise bright, smart, confident, creative kids. This book is an invaluable aid for parents focused on giving their children the best possible start in life. The authors explain vital results in brief, easy to understand pieces covering a variety of fields, including the significance of teaching healthy thought habits to your child, which stays with them forever. The advantage of hugs for brain growth. How to help your child handles difficult subjects like math and science, the best age to learn a foreign language and good nutritional benefits. Invaluable support for parents intended to give their children the best possible start in their lives.
Author: Eileen Kennedy
Help kids grow real, long-lasting confidence. In Kid Confidence, a clinical psychologist and parenting expert offer practical, evidence-based parenting strategies to help children build satisfying relationships, embrace personal growth, and discover freedom. As parents, hearing children, say bad things about themselves is heartbreaking. But as children grow older and begin to think more intricately about the world, they become more self-critical too. Studies indicate that for many children, self-esteem takes a drastic drop about the age of eight, and this drop extends into the early teen years.
You will discover in this guide that self-esteem is not about convincing children they are “unique.” It is about helping them accept the independence that comes with a quiet ego. When children are less focused on judging themselves and competing with others, they are freer to empathize with others, enjoy learning, and interact with ideas that are greater than themselves. This book will surely guide you to help your child develop unshakeable confidence and long-lasting health.
Self-esteem Habit for Teens
Author: Lisa M. Schab
Make self-esteem a habit every day. That’s the message in this essential guide for teens. Written by Lisa Schab, The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens offers 50 simple, positive thoughts and actions to help teens build self-esteem with daily intention. Teens will discover how to learn from mistakes, practice gratitude, see things from a different viewpoint, celebrate strengths, stop over-generalizing, and cultivate healthy relationships. Actual progress only occurs through repeated practice. I would recommend this book to you if you are looking for specific, immediate ways to help you practice and live the principles of self-esteem in your everyday life.
Beating the Bullies
Author: Lucy Blunt
Out of five children, one gets bullied at school. Bullying can be physical and verbal, or covert: passive-aggressive and excluding. Bullying can create a legacy for life if no one intervenes. This book is a guide for 7 to 11 years old kids written by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lucy Blunt. In the form of a children’s chapter book, it gives age-appropriate information aimed to train the child and give him “bully-proof strategies” for coping. Beating the Bullies also has two invaluable resource guides; one for parents and one for teachers.
At school, Ben is being bullied. The other guys are shoving him, calling him names, leaving him out of the games. Who can help him? What should he do? At school, many children are bullied. Bullying will build a lifelong stigma if no-one intervenes. Beating the Bullies is a motivating, engaging, and critical method for addressing the negative and the severe topic of bullying. This is one of the best-selling books to uplift children’s self-esteem.
Ethics 101 Conversations to have with your Kids
Author: Michael Parker
Academic achievement is not the only vital aspect of raising children. We also need to think consciously as to how we develop the next generation to be ethical thinkers and decent members of society. The top place children learn morals and ethics is not only from school or religion but from their parents. The conversation is essential, and this book prompts discussion by posing 101 ethical questions and logical progressions. The questions are perfectly pitched to the world of the 10 to 15-year-old: from friendships, sport, parties, and bullying, to animal rights and climate change. Taken as a whole, Ethics 101 Conversations to have with your Kids is the guidebook every family needs to find the way with the thought, reflection, and understanding to live an ethical life.
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated
Author: Thomas Thomas A.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, bully, humiliate, or target another person. The Internet age has led to various kinds of teen bullying. It’s not always easy to know how and when to step in as a parent. For starters, most kids use technology differently than we do. They’re playing games online and sending texts on their phones at an early age, and most teens have devices that keep them always connected to the Internet. Even sending an email or leaving a voicemail can seem old-school to them. Their knowledge of the digital world can be unapproachable to parents. But staying involved in kids’ cyber world, just as in their real world, can help parents protect them from its dangers. As awareness of cyberbullying has grown, parents have learned more about how to deal with it.
In Teen Cyberbullying Investigated, Judge Tom Jacobs presents a robust collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying. The book makes kids learn tactics for successfully dealing with cyberbullying.