Youth Focus

Youth Focus
Building blocks to self-esteem include trust. A sense of security is the first prerequisite to positive self-esteem. Individuals need this sense of security before they can look at themselves realistically or risk the possibility of failure. A sense of security means understanding limits, knowing what to expect, and feeling comfortable and safe. In order for an individual to develop trust in others, he/she must have a series of positive encounters with the people who share his/her world.

Children begin to mold their self-image early in life. Adults can help children have positive experiences by creating environments in which children can feel secure about themselves and develop their strengths.

Belonging is the feeling of being accepted by others. When an individual feels like they belong to a group, they gain security. That security and the acceptance they feel help nurture their own self-esteem.


Purpose is an important part of one's self-esteem development – every individual needs to have a feeling of purpose or a mission in life.

The statement, "success breeds success," is true in the development of healthy self-esteem in people. By identifying a problem or goal, by developing a plan of action, and by accomplishing an objective, children develop problem-solving skills, as well as a sense of pride. This in turn starts an interesting chain of events:

  • Your child's self-concept becomes more positive.
  • Your child becomes more motivated to set new goals or tackle new problems.
  • Your child begins to use resources more effectively.
  • Your child views adults as resources and sources of support.
  • Your child becomes more proficient at solving problems and achieving goals.
  • Your child's sense of personal competence grows, and he or she is motivated to start the process over again.

    By providing learning opportunities and experiences throughout the building stages, adults can have a profound and positive influence on a child's self-esteem. A positive self-esteem is extremely important to the individual. And teaching self-esteem, after all, is simply a way to help others overcome their negative ideas about themselves and to discover their unique potential.

    My source for this week came from http://ohioline.os u.edu/4h-fact/0008.html.

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