Every day, children ages 6 to 10 may face
new challenges at home with their families and at school with their friends and
teachers. At the end of one day, they may feel good about themselves. They have
fun with their friends, have done well at school, and are happy at home. The
next day, it may all fall apart if even one thing goes wrong.
Many things influence children's self-esteem, which is a child's sense of worth and belonging. Such things include a child's nature or innate abilities, and how he or she is nurtured—the child's
experience with parents, caregivers, and others.
It is normal for self-esteem to rise and fall in cycles, from day to
day and even hour to hour, as a child builds and then rebuilds his or her
self-concept. Children who feel as though they are not good in at least one
thing tend to be emotionally vulnerable.
To help strengthen and support healthy self-esteem in your
December 9, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health
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