Help your child develop a more positive self-image by praising effort and finding even the smallest progress or victories to celebrate.
What you can say
“Jacob, I really like the way you’ve been helping me clean up after our picnic. I know it’s hard for you to stay organized and to focus on chores, but you’ve been doing a great job today.”
“You separated what can be recycled from what needs to be thrown away. And you put the trash in the trashcan. That saved me a lot of time, and that means you and I will have more time to play in the park. I love the special time we spend together, and you did a great job helping us get more of that today! Thanks.”
Why this will help
Kids with learning and attention issues are used to hearing all the negative things that come with having those difficulties. This can be very frustrating for your child and helps explain why it’s so important to strengthen his self-esteem.
This is an ongoing and cumulative process. You can help build up your child’s self-esteem by giving honest praise and clearly explaining why you liked something he did. Being specific about what you’re praising will go a long way toward boosting your child’s confidence and willingness to try new and difficult tasks.