Valorie Burton: Helping our children grow into confident adults is the goal, all of us want to achieve. Providing an emotionally safe home is one of the best ways to foster self-esteem in your child.
It's important to have a home where kids can relax, know they are wanted and feel like they belong, of course that means communicating love and appreciation. But it may surprise you that another key element is consistent discipline. It's always best to start teaching your children right from wrong and establishing the family and the household rules.
The lessons will grow as they do. Once boundaries are clearly understood and enforced, you are off to a great start. But don't forget to allow plenty of freedom within those parameters.
So individual personalities can flourish and grow. Your children will test the waters, but the process will provide opportunities to see what your child likes and doesn't like to do and allow you to find areas to help them grow, develop strengths and learn how to bounce back from failure.
Emotionally safe home may sound like a challenging goal. But you will have a winning combination when you provide plenty of attentive love, firm limits and freedom.