Parents can help young children set small goals that are easily attainable as a way to help boost their self esteem. Setting goals and developing a plan of action directed toward reaching those goals is a skill that can help them throughout life.
Start at Home
Learning responsibility often starts with giving a child small goals such as keeping their room clean or feeding the family pet. Those responsibilities can be expanded as children get older. Celebrating their dedication to their responsibilities and the achievement of new goals will help a child be more motivated to strive for higher goals.
Take Notice of Kindness
Children have a way of surprising parents and teachers by doing unexpected acts of kindness for siblings, classmates, family members, neighbors or maybe even strangers. It’s important to take notice of a child’s good deeds by rewarding their kindness. Compassion for others is a behavior of mindset that you want to encourage.
Some children struggle to make it through a school year. For others, high school or college graduation is a milestone they had to work exceptionally hard to reach. There are a lot of instances during a child’s growing years that they have to stretch beyond their comfort zone. The challenges they face may be related to their athletic ability, their introvert personality or their level of creativity. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone and accomplishing something that seemed impossible is an achievement that deserves acknowledgement.
When children are young, they need immediate rewards rather than delayed responses to their accomplishments. Stickers, check marks, tokens or some similar reward system that can be tallied up and linked to a larger reward is a good way to reward kids. The more creative you are with the reward, the more memorable the experience will be. You could surprise your child with something such as an amazing cookie bouquet. The bouquet could be sports related, animal themed or a bouquet composed of their favorite cookie. Cookie bouquets are also a fantastic birthday gift and a great way to perk up a child that is going through a difficult time.
Adults like to be shown appreciated for good deed and encouragement for achievements. Kids are no different. Offering them encouragement and recognizing their achievements is a great way to motivate them to set higher goals.