Home' Schools Directory : 2013 Contents In a nutshell, healthy
self-esteem is feeling
good about yourself -
and feeling that you are
a worthwhile person.
Self-esteem is a critical building block
for young people. It allows them to
cope with life, try new things without
fear of failure, manage situations with
confidence and reach out to others.
Patterns of self esteem start very early
in life. Most young children feel pretty
good about themselves and their skills.
They are in a process of self discovery
and may not yet have recognised their
strengths and weaknesses.
As children grow into adulthood,
however, they are likely to experience
changes in their self esteem in line
with the changes in their lives. They
may become focused on their body
image, or perceived body image, and
will increasingly look to their peers for
acceptance of whether they're 'okay'.
Developing and promoting self
esteem during childhood is critical
to developing a healthy self esteem
in adulthood. The concept of success
following effort and persistence starts
early. A child tries a new task, fails, tries
again, fails, tries again and succeeds -- a
wonderful process of learning about
In a nutshell, healthy self-esteem is
feeling good about yourself - and feeling
that you are a worthwhile person.
Self esteem through
> Most young children feel pretty
good about their skills. They may not
have discovered their strengths and
> Children this age do not have a lot
of experience in setting goals and
working toward them. Their goals may
be too high or too low for their skills.
> Adults and teachers can help children
set goals that are challenging, yet
PRE-TEENS AND TEENS
> Teens often experience changes in
their self-esteem because they are
going through many changes in their
> Self esteem at this stage can be greatly
affected by how friends, teachers, and
parents see the teen (or how teens
think they see them).
> Self esteem can be affected by body
image. Teens' bodies are changing and
the changes are sometimes awkward.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital
Teachers and caregivers can play an
important role in helping young people
develop a healthy concept about their
place in life. Camps are generally relaxed
settings, so they present an ideal
opportunity to introduce self-esteem
building games and activities.
Try the following self-esteem building
games and activities at your next camp:
Exercise not only makes kids feel healthy
and strong, it also relieves stress. Rather
than focus on competitive games, try
introducing games and activities that
focus on fun and co-operation. Examples
include night hikes, obstacle courses and
CREATE A TREE OF LIFE
WHAT'S NEEDED Butcher's paper, paints,
brushes, coloured leaves, textas.
Divide students into small groups and
ask each group to paint a tree on a
large sheet of butcher's paper. Cut out
coloured paper 'leaves' and give each
student six leaves. Ask them to write or
draw something about themselves. It
could be something about their family,
their pets, their likes, their dislikes, their
strengths, their hobbies. Then get the
students to glue the leaves on their tree.
Display the 'trees of life' for all to see.
WHAT'S NEEDED Coloured beads of
different shapes and sizes, coloured
cord cut into lengths suitable to make
On a wet day at camp get creative
indoors by making 'me' bracelets - using
interesting beads of varying shapes
and colour. Each bead should represent
something individual students like
about themselves. Once students have
completed their bracelets, break into
small groups and ask each student to
talk to their group about their bracelet
and the significance of each of the beads.
This activity is ideal for all age groups,
but particularly valuable for teenagers.
This age group often bases their self-
worth on how they look, their body
shape and their sporting prowess, and
often their expectations are unrealistic
-- leading to feelings of inadequacy.
Use scripted role plays that focus on
what students can do when they feel
bad about themselves. Students can
help brainstorm these ideas. Vary the
script to suit the age of students, but
keep the focus on scripted role plays
that encourage students to accept
themselves as they are -- instead of
striving for perfection.
Teachers would well know that giving
students leadership roles is a good self-
esteem booster. Camp is an ideal setting
to continue the leadership theme. Give
students responsibility and leadership
tasks in the camp kitchen, during game
time and in organising set-up and
pack-up. Rotate the leadership roles so
everyone gets a chance to shine.
Self doubt is a normal and natural part
of life and growing up; and kids need
to understand that they're not going to
feel fabulous about themselves every
waking moment. But it's important
for young people to feel okay about
themselves much of the time -- and
you can play a role in helping them to
Early Childhood Australia: http://
Women's and Children's Health Network
Child and Youth Health
Australian Directory of School Activities, Excursions and Accommodation 2013 ➔ www.schoolactivities.com.au
Links Archive 2012 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page