Self-esteem refers to the positive or negative feelings that we have about ourselves. Our self-esteem is determined by many factors, including how well we view our own performance and appearance, and how satisfied we are with our relationships with other people.
Kids face consistent pressure from their friends and the media to look and act in particular ways. Though parents and teachers can’t take these pressures away, you can alleviate the damage by promoting confidence and high self-esteem.
Writing in a diary is one of the best ways to help kids develop their self-esteem, as it encourages reflection, offers confidence, provides stability, and promotes creativity. When children journal, they become more aware of their own feelings and grow more comfortable expressing their ideas.
Children build their self-esteem when they write about a time they have succeeded at an important task; when they have done something that they think is useful or important, or when they feel that they are accepted and valued by others. Their self-concept will contain many positive thoughts and they will therefore have high self-esteem.
Another way we can help children boost their self-esteem is through building connections with others. Forming and maintaining satisfying relationships helps them to feel good about themselves.
Alice Press’s recent release of a new exchange diary, Sleepover Diary, encourages young girls between the ages of 8 and 14 to express their inner feelings and thoughts by recording their own memories and life events and then passing the diary on to their friends to add their memories and inner feelings and thoughts as well.
With Sleepover Diary girls are encouraged to reflect on the positive aspects of their lives. From identifying their greatest strengths to considering their goals; each journal prompt offers a motivating or inspiring idea for girls to consider.