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How to boost our dyslexic child's self-esteem.



This blog post will give you some insights on how to boost your child's self-esteem whilst they experience being dyslexic and in education.

Introduction

This is a sneak peek on the content that I will be exploring at the 'Introduction To Successfully Parenting Dyslexic Children' workshop this coming Thursday night in Battersea, London.  If you can make it then please do purchase your tickets as soon as possible by clicking the button below, and if you can't then read on for some insights that will still be useful to you.


Eventbrite - Introduction To Successfully Parenting Dyslexic Children.

So my workshop is going to be centred around self esteem.  If a child has low self esteem then they are less likely to realise their potential.  They are also more likely to listen to the judgement of others and build up beliefs about themselves which essentially gets them stuck and developing at a slower rate of progress.

As parents we need to tune into that and give our kids what they need, rather than what we think that they need.

Here is an example...

Child / young person

"I am no good at studying, I just can't seem to get the information to stay in my head and my grades are always low!"

How would you respond to that exclamation, in the moment with all the emotion surrounding it?

Would you comfort them with words like 'I am sure that you are not that bad' or maybe you would try to help them by putting in place strategies like getting your child to a tutor.

I know that I would have the urge to fix a situation for my kids.  Which on one level is great and supportive, but the reality is maybe my kid doesn't need a fix from their parents.  Maybe they just need to be listened to.  To have mum or dad take the time out to stop and completely focus on just listening to what it is like for our child, to not judge, get cross or offer opinions.

By just listening in circumstances like this, we give our children an opportunity to take ownership of what they are experiencing and the permission to be in charge of what needs to be done next.  Obviously there are times when our experience and knowledge may have to step in and inform our children of better options in decision making but if we are able to come to the conversation with the mind set of helping our child to set the agenda and give them space to explore what they need, then they have the opportunity of following through and feeling great about it.

So often with children with dyslexia, if we, as parents, fire off a load of steps that need to be done to fix a situation then 1) they simply won't be remembered, 2) the focus shifts from the our kids to us 3) our children feel like they have not been heard.

So here is the take away from this article.  If you let your child feel heard by you, they will know that you have their back and they will step out into the world more confident for it.  Their self esteem will have just taken a step in the right direction.

Want to know more?  Come along to my workshop if you can make it.  Click the button below and book your place.


Eventbrite - Introduction To Successfully Parenting Dyslexic Children.

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