How Parental Gestures Can Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem


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Some parents use the physical expression of parental gestures as a way to help their children express their feelings and emotions in the early stages of life. With time, this gesture can become a learned behavior, so the expression becomes a habit.

How Parental Gestures Can Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem
How Parental Gestures Can Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

How Do Children Learn? Child Build Self-Esteem

Unfortunately, children learn these expressions at an early age because they imitate their parents. In fact, there are a number of experts who say that it’s actually the first two years of life that form the foundation for how our children will carry out their daily actions and how they will express their emotions later on. It’s no wonder then, that parents should utilize parental gestures to create the foundation for a child’s self-esteem.

A basic gesture is an arm holding the child close to your heart. Although it may not seem like a big deal, this gesture is a big deal. Children learn this gesture by mimicking the mannerisms of their parents. Although it may not seem like a big deal, this gesture is a big deal.

While it may seem like child behavior specialists are against hugging and kissing, in fact, these behaviorists are making a point to encourage old fashion hugs and kisses between siblings. What you’re doing is training your child to be confident with their body and with their feelings.

There are many forms of body language that children can learn, but perhaps the most obvious is the mannerisms that are associated with trust. When you make sure that your child trusts your gaze, or when you focus on a specific part of your child’s body to show that you trust them, it builds the foundation for a trusting relationship between the two of you. Trust is one of the major foundations of self-esteem. If you show your child that you trust them, they will naturally begin to trust you.

How Parental Gestures Can Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem
How Parental Gestures Can Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

How Parental Gestures Plays An Important Role

Parental gestures can be used to teach a child to understand boundaries, to hold an adult’s gaze, to listen carefully, and to listen intently. These gestures can also be used to gain trust in the parent, which can develop into confidence. Some of the things that are taught through parental gestures include: being attentive, paying attention, listening carefully. Holding an adult’s gaze, making sure that your child is safe, and respecting boundaries. It’s important to remember that not all of these gestures are positive.

Touching the child too much is not good. Parents should focus on how to touch a child with patience and affection. Telling the child what they want or telling them what they can’t do are not only wrong. But also very hard to stop doing. These actions are training ground for bad habits. While these actions may not be negative, they can be the foundations for bad behavior.

Parents, remember that your job is to teach your child. Whether you are giving your child a hug or giving them ice cream. Remember that the art of parental gestures can be invaluable in building self-esteem. It’s a simple idea that makes a lot of difference.

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