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What Your Child Can Do to Help Her Self-Esteem

Teach your child coping skills. Your child may sometimes feel sad or mad about her hearing loss.

  • Show your child how to deal with her feelings in a good way.
  • Help her find ways to communicate with your family.
  • Show her ways to relax, like read books or write letters to friends.

When she's mad, have her:

  • Go outside and yell as loud as she wants.
  • Take a deep breath and count to 10.
  • Jump up and down.
  • Hit a pillow as hard as she wants.
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When she's sad, have her:

  • Talk about how she feels with a friend or parent.
  • Smile and think about all the good things in her life.
  • Ask for a hug.
  • Cry if it makes her feel better.
  • Look at things in a new way.
  • Try to find the good side of what's wrong.
  • Ask a counselor for help.

Talk to your child about choices. Show your child how to:

  • Take good care of herself - her mind and body
  • Know and say her feelings
  • Understand the difference between right and wrong
  • Make good choices
  • Figure out what's wrong when she's feeling bad
  • Try to fix mistakes
  • Decide who and what she wants to be
  • Be independent

Get more information.

  • We looked at a lot of research on hearing loss and self-esteem: Read what we found out.
  • Also, look for the book: Full Esteem Ahead: 100 Ways to teach values and build self-esteem for all ages.
  • Next: What Research Says about Self-Esteem

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