If you have a child or influence children, the most critical thing you can do to improve their self-worth and esteem is to intentionally and lovingly place challenges in front of them.
Challenges that they don’t necessarily have the answers to right away, challenges that take more than a day to complete, challenges that may result in them being wrong and learning how to fail successfully, challenges that require them to lean on others and challenges that allow them to make generous contributions to society.
Permit them to be wrong, take risks, ask questions, and work to find the right answers. Last, keep them focused on effort, not the outcome. Effort is success, is transformation is the root of esteem.
Ironically, this exact strategy works for adults too.
“To educate the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle