We know that self esteem is important for our kids. Children and teens with healthy self-esteem tend to be more confident and able to see themselves realistically. They are more able to weather difficult situations and assert their opinions.
Those with low self-esteem may not be able to to see their positive characteristics. They may also try to be "perfect" which we know is an unrealistic standard and is unattainable. Kids with low self-esteem may struggle with sharing their opinion as they believe it is unimportant.
We want our children and teens to have a healthy sense of self-esteem. While most of our children struggle with lower self-esteem, some of them are over-confident and have an inflated self-esteem. While this high self-esteem can have benefits, over-inflated self-esteem can also decrease authentic connections with others as many do not enjoy engaging with a "braggart" or "know-it-all".
Finding a balance is key and we humans struggle with this at times. If your child is struggling with self-esteem, constantly saying "I don't know" or "I'm stupid" or "I can't," they may benefit from some support and changing in their thinking. Dr. Chamberlain helps children and teens change those automatic thoughts can contribute to low self-esteem and support them in finding a realistic view along with areas that they can shine and feel proud of.