Building Self-esteem in Children’s Gymnastics Classes
Building Self-esteem in Children’s Gymnastics Classes is one of the very important roles Coaches play in the development of young children.
Why is self-esteem important? Because essentially, self-esteem is the level of value a person places on themselves.
Ways to Identify Low Self-esteem :
-Children not interested in trying new things;
-Children saying things like ‘ I’m no good’ or ‘I’ll never be able to do that’;
-Children finding challenging situations to cause frustration or even anxiety;
-Or if you ask them to do a task,their immediate response is ‘I can’t’ .
Ways to Identify High Self-esteem :
-Children are generally optimistic and positive in situations, even if faced with a challenge;
-They are more likely to say ‘ I don’t think i can, but I’ll try’;
-They tend to smile more and generally enjoy life.
Self esteem/ self view, can change over time,but it is not something that is easily achieved.
Studies have shown that the very foundation of a person’s self-esteem is built before the age of 12!
And then more finely developed as they grow older.
The first step to Build Self-esteem in children is to Identify their Strengths and Weakness’ and be encouraging towards them, helping them be happy with who they are, and what they are able or unable to do.
For example learning that they are not going to be good at everything does not mean that they have little worth.
Instead try to encourage them find something that they enjoy and are good at, support them in their decisions and give them advice along the way to allow them to make better decisions.
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