child to see themselves positively as well as understanding that there are more ways they can grow in the future. This makes self-esteem an important issue because when a child believes in themselves strongly, it will be hard to change their minds in the future. Having a healthy self- esteem level in a child helps build up the future adult they will become. When a child’s self- esteem is unhealthy, however, a lot of important aspects humans need in their lives to function with other people lacks. In the article called, “The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids” by Bob Cunningham states, “ Children with low self-esteem may not believe they’re worthy of good
Self-Esteem in Children 4 treatment. Because they feel this way, they may not ask for help or stand up for themselves.” (2018). Through Cunningham’s statement we can see that children with low self-esteem tend to lack things such as self-advocacy skills. Self-advocacy is how you understand your strengths and weakness, develop personal goals, being assertive, and making decisions (2009). Having an unhealthy self-esteem level can cause a child to lack all these different skills in self-advocacy that are important to help build us up in our futures. It is beneficial to understand why self- esteem is important because of the affects self-esteem can cause to a child. In addition to the importance to self-esteem in a child, it is also beneficial to know the affects self-esteem can cause on a child. As we already know, self-esteem can positively and negatively affect us depending on the level we are at. Self-esteem at either healthy or unhealthy can have negative effects on a child in both short and long terms. When a child has healthy self- esteem level the effects are beneficial. For an example, having a healthy self-esteem level can cause a child to present themselves confidently and not send out confused nonverbal messages to their receiver (person getting the message). According to the article “Self-Esteem and Communication” by The Department of Human Services it states, “The way we communicate with others is important because that's how we let people know who we are, what we believe in, what our values are, and how we feel.” (2015). When a child is confident in who they are, it will be apparent to everyone the child encounters because of all the verbal messages they send to others that they are interacting with as well as the nonverbal messages such as how they present their bodies to other people without noticing it. While healthy levels of self-esteem can be beneficial for children, the impact that unhealthy self-esteem levels can cause can be very harmful. Self-esteem can be unhealthy when it is too high or low. According to the article, “The Lasting and Damaging Impact of Low Self-Esteem in Children” by Susan Magsamen it states,
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