Recently, “Love and Hip Hop:Atlanta” star, Joseline Hernandez, guest co-hosted on daytime talk show “The Real.” As you will see in the video above, she was asked if she would ever let her daughter get plastic surgery. She replied that she would, because she wanted her daughter “to be the best that she could be.” I bring this up, because our parents play a huge role in the development of our self-esteem.
If there are any new mothers out there, be conscious of your own self-esteem. It starts with you. If you are constantly criticizing yourself, your children will pick up on this negativity and begin to do the same to themselves. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, do not call yourself fat in front of your child. When a child witnesses this, she may feel as if it is normal to down talk herself and be unsatisfied with her own body. Here are a few tips to help your child build self-esteem:
- Do not dismiss them when they’re trying to tell/show you something.
- Do not belittle them. EX: You’re not smart enough
- Show them affection. Give them a hug every single day.
- Try not to be too overprotective. They have to know that they can do things on their own
- Tell them they’re beautiful/handsome.
If you want to read more about this, visit this site: http://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-build-your-childs-self-esteem/
I’m writing this to tell the mothers and fathers out there to be careful about what you say and how you act in front of your children, because even when you don’t think they’re paying attention, they are.