Self-Esteem is defined as a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities. Developing strong self-esteem in children is harder today than ever. They are bombarded by images and tales of “success” and “failure” every day through the internet, print media, retail advertising, television, music and peers. They, like adults, are told what is “in” and “out”, what looks are attractive, what clothes are attractive, and what attitudes are attractive.
Developing children, like most of us, want to belong. And, don’t forget, self-esteem is an acquired trait – children are not born with it. Without support and strength from others, children often lack the techniques and skills to be confident in themselves as individuals AND as social beings. The old saying, it takes a village to raise a child, isn’t far off in terms of the support systems kids need in this day and age.
Parents and teachers play an integral role in helping children develop strong self-esteem, and we at Trautwein’s ATA are committed to that effort as well. It is important for children to learn that individuality is important, that everyone has his or her own merits and worth. The knowledge of one’s own value provides strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of prejudice and tenacity in standing one’s ground in a positive and non-hostile fashion. It is important for children to learn that there is no “right” size or weight any more than there is a “right” hair or eye color. Every individual has his or her own talent— be it sports, art, writing, performing arts, etc. —and none is better or worse than another!
Here are some ways parents and caregivers can help:
An integral part of Taekwondo at Trautwein’s ATA is helping children with self-esteem and their feelings about individual worth and value. We work hard to provide each child with a strong sense of identity through hard work, discipline, and support!