Self-esteem is much like trust, which can be destroyed faster than it can be built. In this way, your child’s self-esteem is their trust in themself. While your baby isn’t old enough to be aware of their individuality, Montessori infant care experts agree you can build a foundation for self-esteem by following these tips:
Show your child love and acceptance from infancy
Give your child regular hugs and kisses. Respond to them with warmth and don’t talk down to them. Take inspiration from the Montessori philosophy and let them explore the world around them, and show interest in the objects that capture their attention. Assist them in their explorations, letting them know you’re there to support them.
When your child is scared, comfort them. Remind them you’re always there for unconditional support. As they grow older and more independent, they’ll have the confidence to participate in new activities, knowing that you’ll be there if they fall.
Thank your child for their help
When your child is old enough to begin helping around the house, thank them. They might do small things like picking clothes off the ground or putting their toys into storage. By thanking them, you acknowledge their effort and importance. As they grow, give them increasingly complex opportunities to help in the house, showing you trust their skill.
Support your child’s hobbies and interests
By the time your child reaches their toddler years, they’ll show interest in specific activities. See what they do when given free reign, such as kicking balls, drawing on paper, flipping through books, or even playing with plants. Let them follow their interests and show support by encouraging them, watching them perform or play, and asking if you can join or assist.
Your child’s attention might fleet between interests, but by supporting them, you build their confidence in going after what they want. Eventually, one or two hobbies might stick, and they’ll be glad you’ve always been there for them.
Develop self-esteem at your local Montessori school
If your child is an infant or toddler, you can get a jumpstart on self-esteem by sending your child to a Montessori infant care. Montessori programs are run by caretakers trained in the Montessori method, a hands-on approach to education and learning life skills.
Hill Point Montessori is dedicated to building confidence and lifelong skills, starting from infancy. Our infant care programs are designed for children 6 week to 2 years old. Schedule an in-person tour to learn more, and please note that masks and social distancing are required.