Having a positive body image or attitude is a child’s passport to a lifetime of mental health and social happiness. It is regarded as the foundation of a child’s well-being and the key to a possible success as an adult. At all ages of one’s life, how you feel about yourself goes to affect how you act.
In the world we live in today, filled with negativity, violence, and suffering, a positive image can make life more manageable. Though it’s impossible to control life events entirely, you can control your reactions to what happens, as this attitude enables an individual to develop the strength in dealing with life’s challenges. When a child develops positive image early in life, positive thinking becomes his habit which can ease the pressures associated with growing up.
It is no doubt that parents are the primary source of a child’s sense of self-worth, and if you raise a confident child that grows up with healthy self-worth, it means they have a realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, enjoying the strengths and working on improving on their weaknesses.
These tips and advice can help build the positive image of a child.
Be a Positive Mirror
It is evident that children learn more from what they see; therefore, much of your child’s self-image comes not only from what the child perceives about himself but from how he thinks others view him. As a parent, you should reflect positive images to your child; give him the idea that he’s fun to be with, that his opinions and desires matter to you, that his behavior pleases you. When you give your child that positive reflection, he learns to think well of himself. This also makes your child willing to rely on what you to tell him when his behavior is not pleasing. It becomes a discipline tool which develops the child’s positive image.
Always use descriptive praise
Descriptive praise should be implored by a parent in pointing out a positive trait, effort, or achievement, letting the child know the value these qualities represent in your family. For instance “Wow Kim you wiped the table even without being asked, this shows initiative, and I love it!” This method works even when a child is struggling, and it pushes the child to do more of similar tasks. On the other hand, over-praising kids do more harm than good, you should praise your kids, but don’t praise your kids into competence. If you keep telling your child he is already doing a fantastic job; you’re saying he no longer needs to push himself. Building a positive image comes from trying, from doing and failing and trying again.
Encourage them to pursue their interests
Always try helping your child develop their talents and acquire new skills as a part of discipline. As a parent, if you recognize ability in your child that he doesn’t, encourage him on those abilities, if you don’t encourage the child, his skills may not improve. Helping a child develop hobbies he is good at, improves his image and confidence. For example, when you discover your child has a lovely singing voice, encourage the child to take voice classes to help him develop his singing ability.
Give Your Child Responsibilities
This helps to develop your child’s sense of responsibility which is the key to building a positive image for self-reliance. Children need a job; it is one of the main ways to develop self-confidence and internalize values. Let them help in maintaining the family living area, inside and out, give them household duties. It helps them feel more valuable and channel their energy into desirable behavior and teaching skills.
Apart from the above-listed tips, the following tips also go a long way in building a child’s positive image;
- Allowing your child take healthy risks.
- Make sure your child’s goals are within reach, at a level appropriate for his ability
- Let kids make their own choices, but with proper guidance.
- Encourage children to express and not stuff their feelings.
- Help your child to be home-wise before street smart.
- Raise a confident child by playing together
- Teach your child how to say no when necessary without becoming a pariah
One of the greatest keys to building a child’s positive image is to encourage them to be self-reliance if a child is not protected from having unrealistic expectations; his sense of competence becomes threatened.