We know that children– the student of today have a lot of suffering in them. There is loneliness, a kind of vacuum in the child, and the child tries to fill this emptiness with video games, movies, television, food and perhaps drugs. So children with low self-esteem and confidence are suffering from undiagnosed forms of depression.
Following are the tips to prevent children from falling prey to these evils:
- Introduce spirituality to your children so that they grow to become caring, balanced human beings
- Family togetherness, values and spending quality time with children
- Train your children to listen to their inner voice which helps them to decide for good and bad. If you guide the young to look within, they will develop a sense of calm, peace and self-esteem.
- Tell your children stories or fables about kindness, forgiveness, bravery and courage.
- Tell your children to have faith and try to solve problems and not to get frustrated or lose patience. That will fill them with hope and positivity.
- Teach them to meditate. Meditation among children improves performance in examinations, sports and extracurricular activities. A tangible benefit of meditation includes lowering of negative behaviours such as hyperactivity, disobedience and violent or abusive behaviours.
- Teach them how to handle a painful feeling or emotional stress, as it frequently takes the form of pure misery. For example, loss of a parent, friend or close relative or pet; bullying at school, changing school or moving house; living with a depressed parent; family tensions and so on.
- Parents should help them feel secure and calm and spend time talking to the child.
- Praise the child that he is capable of handling this competitive environment and it will help to build the child’s self-confidence and improve self-esteem.
- Don’t compare your child’s aptitude and capabilities with any other member of your family or social circle.
- Do not criticize your child in front of strangers and even to extended family and friends. ‘Self-respect’ is a very important aspect of building a confidence in a child.