There are ways to help a child feel good about themselves without encouraging narcissistic tendencies. Here are some tips!
- Teach children to connect not impress. Make sure to tell your child you love spending time with him or her because you love him or her, not because of what the child can do. Your child will mimic this in future relationships.
- Teach Empathy. Children need to understand that their actions can hurt another person. By teaching your child to be aware of other’s emotions or feelings, you are giving them social skills that will stay with them into adulthood.
- Encourage friendships. It is important to allow your children to build friendships. Friends will tell them the truth and teach them that they do not need to be perfect to be liked. These times are also ideal for teaching your child how their actions affect others.
- Be gentle. At their root, most narcissists, and especially narcissistic children, have low self-esteem. Discipline is important, but do it with respect and care. Remind them that it is okay to make mistakes, but it is important to apologize. They know they did something wrong. Teach them how to make it right.