Building self-esteem in children; tips and tricks


Self-esteem means our opinion of our self and our worth. It’s our perception of our value as a person. Having healthy self-esteem means being comfortable with how we look, how we feel, feeling good about ourselves, our abilities and our thoughts. Building self-esteem in children is one of the most important things you can do for them as their parent or carer. Children with a strong sense of self worth feel as though they are able to cope with the basic challenges of life and feel worthy of success and happiness.

There are a number of ways you can help build a child’s self-esteem;

  • encourage and value their individual differences
  • tell them you love them for who they are, and show them you love them with affection, attention, actively listening and spending time with them
  • celebrate their achievements and keep reminders of their successes
  • allow them to contribute to the family through chores and through letting them help you with things, so they feel valued
  • teach them that failing is a part of learning. Let them know it’s okay to make mistakes, help them to solve their problems and show that you have faith in them.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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