Child self esteem may be especially vulnerable to fluctuations during the tween years. Here's what you need to know about child self esteem during preadolescence.
Child self esteem changes in four major ways during the tween years. Self esteem becomes less stable, more variable from one child to the next, more individualized and increasingly prone to sharp drops.
The tween years are a particularly vulnerable time for self esteem for a variety of reasons. For instance, increasing performance pressure and more pronounced feelings of inferiority may cause tweens' self esteem to drop.
3. Social Comparisons Impact Child Self Esteem
Low self esteem in tweens has been associated with a number of negative outcomes, including higher rates of depression and poorer academic performance. It's complicated at times to determine to what degree low self esteem causes these problem or if living with these issues result in low self esteem.
Parents can take a number of steps to help boost their children's self esteem. Positive parental actions include being a good role model, listening actively and encouraging kids to value their skills.