Giving Kids Christ-Centered Self-Esteem

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“Oh, what a wonderful picture, Alyssa!” the teacher exclaims as he holds the scribbled drawing aloft. Alyssa beams. But he doesn’t even notice her next drawing. And Alyssa feels like a failure.

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Alyssa, like almost every child, has given others the power to shape her self-perception. Her need for praise is training Alyssa to see herself through others’ eyes. The problem with this is that others’ images of her won’t always be consistent. And as a result, Alyssa won’t develop a Christ-centered self-esteem. What can we do to develop a faith-based self-esteem in our children?

Self-Esteem Defined

Simply put, self-esteem is the way children feel about themselves.

A child with high self-esteem will…

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  • Work happily alone;
  • Be responsible;
  • Tolerate frustration;
  • Accept new challenges; and
  • Display a broad range of emotions.

A child with low self-esteem will:

  • Make self-demeaning comments;
  • Feel insecure about others’ opinions of him or her;
  • Blame others for personal weaknesses;
  • Be easily influenced by others; and
  • Avoid situations that produce anxiety.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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