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What Parents Can Do: How to Help Your Kid’s Self-Esteem

Adryenn Ashley

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As a parent, you want to do everything you can for your child. If they are suffering from low self-esteem, it can harm them in their future. A dismal view of themselves can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. They might also not realize that they’re struggling with self-esteem. It’s here that you need to pay attention to signs. Here are some things you can do to help with your kid’s self-esteem.

Give Them Specific Praise

If your child has low self-esteem, they might not be receptive to praise. It can sound especially hollow, as they are more likely to internalize criticism. You will want to make them feel better, but you shouldn’t offer empty compliments. Instead, you should tell them about specific things that you’ve noticed that they’re doing well. This can help boost their confidence significantly. One way is to talk about things that they’ve been improving in. When commenting on their improvements, avoid comparing them to other people. Instead, your comparisons should illustrate your child’s growth.

Help Them Feel Safe

Low self-esteem often goes with feeling uncomfortable in certain environments, such as school. To get your child to open up and to help them, you should help them find a place they feel comfortable. This could be a favorite restaurant or an outdoor location. Go with them and enjoy a day together. You can drive the conversation towards both of your feelings, which will help them feel better about sharing their feelings and thoughts.

Talk with Them

Your child might feel overwhelmed, ashamed, and alone when it comes to their self-esteem. You know how wonderful they are, but you need to figure out how to show them this. Talk to them on a regular basis. Tell them that they should feel free to share their feelings with you. You don’t want to pressure them. It can be scary to intimate these thoughts to a parent. Take it easy to trust them to share as much as they’re comfortable sharing.

Get Them Professional Help

Trained professionals can help your child deal with low self-esteem. Child therapists and counselors can give your child a secure location to share how they feel. With their nuanced understanding of younger brains, they can help your child reach a breakthrough and build up their self-esteem. For more extreme cases, your child may need a complete change of scenery to get them the help they need, especially if their self-esteem issues are caused by other problems. There are specific programs that are built to help teens deal with their issues while providing them the support they need. This isn’t the solution for everyone, but it may be something to look into.

As a parent, you want to help your child to become the best they can be. Helping them improve understand their worth is one of the best ways that you can prepare them for their adult life. It may be an uphill struggle, but this is a battle worth fighting.

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Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Sense of Self-Esteem

Encouraging and Praising Children

Diamond Ranch Academy

Simple Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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How to Help Your Child Find an Apartment

Anna Smith

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Leaving home can be intimidating for both your now grown-up child and for you. It’s a new process and it’s a scary world that they have never had to explore before. As a parent, you want your child to succeed, and helping them find a good first apartment is an important first step in adulthood.

Find an Affordable Place

One of the most important things to do is help your child find a place that they can afford. Help them know what their monthly budget is and help them find an apartment that’s within that budget. While you as a parent want to give your child everything, let them know that they as an adult will be responsible for paying their rent, and should find a place that’s within their budget. That being said, do some research on the properties that are within their budget and look for apartments that are within safer neighborhoods. Affordable does not mean dangerous.

Avoid Scams

Rental scammers like to particularly target first-time renters. Deals that are too good to be true usually are and deals for rental places that come from third party sources are not always trustworthy. One way to avoid a scam is to go through a reputable home rental company. Another way to avoid scams is to look for red flags. For example, some red flags are information that is misspelled or seems fake on the listing, landlords asking for money before you can see the property, and landlords that only deal with cash. To keep your child safe, be aware of red flags as you look together to find an apartment.

Consider Roommates

If your child is going off to college, they are bound to have roommates that they will be living with. If not, consider encouraging them to room together with another friend who is leaving home. Rent will be cheaper with multiple people living in the apartment. In addition, responsibilities for keeping the apartment clean can be shared among roommates and make the transition to living on your own easier. Not every young adult will want to have roommates, but if they are amiable, encourage them to live with roommates.

As your child leaves home, it is reassuring to know that you are sending them to a safe place. Consider the price, avoid scams, and think about roommate possibilities as you look for an apartment and exercise caution to stay safe.

Here’s another article you might like: Empty Nest Syndrome? Why You Should Consider Fostering a Child

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Tips for Making Apartment Living Work with Small Children

Apartment living can work just fine with small children. Although moving into a small space with small, energetic family members might seem impossible the truth is just the opposite. Living in an apartment with a young family can be just as happy and successful as living in a large house.

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Tips for Making Apartment Living Work with Small Children

Apartment living can work just fine with small children. Although moving into a small space with small, energetic family members might seem impossible the truth is just the opposite. Living in an apartment with a young family can be just as happy and successful as living in a large house.

Share Bedrooms

With small children, bedroom-sharing might seem a daunting undertaking, but having your children share a bedroom will lead to saving space in the apartment. Sharing a room leads to better friendship and problem-solving in children and will make apartment living easier.

Consider giving the children the bigger bedroom. Although it may be tough to give up the master bedroom, you can keep their toys and other belongings in there with them, resulting in easier and quicker clean-up and a more efficient use of space. In order to save space further, consider investing in bunk beds.

Get Outside Often

Apartments, especially when filled with young children, can get cramped. Make sure your kids get outside often so they can move around and are not stuck in a smaller place all the time. The world is your playground. Take opportunities to explore the city or town around you and seek out spaces like parks or other outdoor play areas of which you can take advantage. Not only will they get to stretch their legs, they’ll also get fresh air and essential Vitamin D.

Usually, there are several great amenities for family-based apartments that you should take advantage of. For example, some apartment complexes include a playground, swimming pool, and/or even an onsite daycare. Others include on-demand babysitting, events for children, and/or a playroom. Keep these possibilities in mind when choosing your apartment.

Conserve Space

When you only have so much space in an apartment, don’t let any of it go to waste. Don’t allow yourself to hold onto unnecessary stuff. Even though it may be difficult, don’t use up precious space storing old art projects (digitize them instead), extra sippy cups, or appliances larger than you need. Downsize your belongings if possible.

Invest in good storage. Shelves, boxes to keep under beds, and other organizational spaces which can be tucked out of the way will save you space and make more room for kids to play. Multipurpose, foldable furniture is another great way to maximize your space in a small apartment.

Despite the small space available in an apartment, your family can love your new home. Paying attention to making the most of your space, getting out of the apartment frequently, and implementing a bedroom-sharing strategy will make apartment living easy and fun for both you and your young children.

Looking for more advice to help your family? Read this next: How Can I Protect My Home and Family From Intruders?

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4 Things to Teach Your Children About Home Security

Adryenn Ashley

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While you do your best to keep your loved ones safe and secure at home, there are some steps that your children need to take to stay safe as well. After all, there will be times when they are alone or when you are otherwise unable to help them. These are some of the steps that you can take to teach your children about improved home security.

Fire Safety Exit Strategy

In the event of a fire, your loved ones should all know how to exit the home independently unless they are not mobile. Explain the importance of getting out of the house immediately and meeting at a rendezvous point that has been predetermined. More than that, instruct your kids to never go back in the house for toys, pets, or anything else. Make sure they at least two safe routes from their room to get out of the house and where to meet afterward.

Different Types of Alarms

If your home is like most, it may have a security system, fire or smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector. Your child’s response to these systems may need to vary. For example, if the smoke alarm goes off, the child should crawl on the floor to exit the home to avoid breathing in too much smoke. If the carbon monoxide detector goes off, they also need to leave the house, but if the security system goes off, the response may be different. Help them understand what the plan is for each of these situations.

Answering the Door or Phone

At a very young age, children should learn how to handle strangers at the door. For example, if someone knocks while you are in the shower or down the street, they should not answer the door on their own, and they definitely should not tell a stranger that you aren’t home. Teach them to use a peep-hole or window to make sure they know the person before answering the door.

If your children are allowed to answer the phone, make sure they know what to say and what not to say. You can practice a standard greeting that includes their name and your family name, such as “Smith residence, Jane speaking.” They should also make sure they never tell anyone if you aren’t home.

How to Stay Safe Online

The internet is a blessing, but it can also be very dangerous. Social media and other sites represent a great opportunity for child predators to get ahold of your children. Make sure you install parental controls on all your computers to limit their access to the internet. You should also teach them how to stay safe on the internet and how to use social media responsibly.

Parents can take great steps to keep loved ones safe inside the home, but you cannot reasonably cover all the bases all of the time. By teaching your children about home safety and security, you are enabling them to take control of their safety and security when necessary.

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