Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be

Self Esteem

What is Self-Esteem?

Children and young people with high self-esteem:

Have a positive image of themselves and are confident
Can make friends easily and are not anxious with new people
Can play in groups or on their own
Will try and solve problems on their own, but if not able to will ask for help
Can be proud of their achievements
Can admit mistakes and learn from them
Will try new things and adapt to change

What might you see if your child has low self-esteem

Lack confidence
Find it hard to make and keep friendships
Feel lonely and isolated
Tend to avoid new things and find change hard
Can’t deal well with failure.
Tend to put themselves down and might say things like “I’m stupid” or “I can’t do that” (before they have tried)
Are not proud of what they achieve and always think they could have done better
Are constantly comparing themselves to their peers in a negative way