With new teachers, new classmates and a new batch of facts, figures and concepts to learn, the start of a new school year can be a tough time for even the most confident child. I remember doubting myself, my intelligence and my physical abilities on and off the playground every year around this time and as a result, I was repeatedly filled with dread to go back to school.
Having your children draw or paint self-esteem self portraits might be just the activity needed to boost their confidence and their spirits as they gather their glue sticks, sharpen dozens of #2 pencils, prepare their new backpacks and get ready to walk to the bus stop for the 1st day of school.
What You’ll Need
- paper, dry erase surface, or a chalk board
- water color paints, crayons, pencils, markers, chalk
- tape/thumbtack (optional)
How to Paint A Self-Esteem Self Portait
- Turn off all possible distractions and ask your child to sit as peacefully as possible and think, really think, about their best traits. For example, are they a good friend, do they care about the planet and animals, are they punctual and/or responsible, do they exhibit self-discipline when it comes to their extra-curricular activities?
- Draw an outline of their face from the front or a profile view on a piece of paper, white board or chalk board.
- Have your child fill in their self-portrait face with the positive words, phrases and sentences they thought up — the things that speak to all that is wonderful about them.
- If your child is reluctant to praise themselves, give them a hug and start the ball rolling by rattling off a few of the positives you see in them.
- If they worked on paper, hang up their self-esteem self portrait in a highly visible place so your child will be reminded daily how wonderful they are!
If you have more than one child, ask them to paint a portrait of each other, following the same instructions above. What are the positives they each see in their siblings?
Finally, parents, you might consider doing your own self-esteem self portrait because we could all stand to love and respect ourselves a little more. This was a very helpful exercise for me and left me smiling by the time I was finished. Also, I still can’t draw a nose.