Feel Fabulous Friday- Promoting self-esteem: a book about myself
Self-esteem is how you think about yourself. Being confident means being comfortable with how you look and how you feel. And it means feeling good about yourself, your abilities and your thoughts. Sometimes it helps to get your feelings down into words or art. It doesn’t matter how good you are; creativity, however accomplished, can help you calm down or make sense of things. Try these ideas with your child to support them in creating a space for writing or drawing about themselves, their feelings or anything they want.
What you need:
notebook or scrapbook or paper
glue brush, p.v.a. glue or sellotape
felt tip pens, crayons, colouring pencils
What to do:
- talk with your child about what sort of things they like and what they could collect to make their scrapbook- these items could be bus/train tickets from special trips out, paintings and pictures, labels from tins, packets of their favourite foods, pictures from toy catalogues or boxes of their favourite toys, photos of family or friends. help them to stick all these things into their scrapbook.
- this book can be added to as your children grow older and can become a record of their life
- talk with your children about themselves: e.g.
my name is ...
my eyes are ...
my hair is ...
I live at ...
I live with ...
my friends are ...
- let them draw and colour things. These drawings can be included in their scrapbook.
If your child enjoys using technology to create artwork and finds this medium motivating, they could try using software to express themselves. You can find an example here which also gives children the option 'Save’ it to their locker or submit it to a public gallery if they want to share it.
Anyone can use their creativity to express themselves and build their self-esteem!