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50 WAYS TO BUILD SELF-ESTEEM FREE POSTER! Classroom & Counseling Office Decor



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Download our free tips to build self-esteem for kids poster.  Features the top 50 ways that help young people develop self-compassion, agency, goals, and an unshakable sense of belonging and worthiness.

Even though the dictionary defines self-esteem is a noun, I prefer to think of it as a verb. Self-esteem is an action. We have to practice and do self-esteem to develop, reinforce, and have it.

Hang this free poster in your classroom, school counseling office, hallway bulletin board, calm down corner, or refrigerator or mirror at home.


Ways to Cultivate Self-Esteem

Some of the suggestions listed in this SEL resource are:

  • Show respect towards others and yourself.
  • Treat yourself with kindness & compassion, even & especially when life gets hard.
  • Do more of what helps you feel good about yourself.  
  • Choose friends who treat you how you want to be treated.
  • Say “no” to things you are uncomfortable with.  
  • Ask for help and support.
  • Be responsible for your choices at school & at home.
  • Start a new hobby or sport. Join a club at school.
  • Limit how much time you spend in front of screens.
  • Set goals  & work towards them, step by step.
  • Resolve conflict peacefully & use I-Statements.
  • Focus on solutions, not problems.
  • Tell the truth and be honest.
  • Talk about your feelings with someone you trust.
  • Spend time with caring adults.
  • Laugh.  Play.  Have fun.  Get Silly.
  • Learn and practice healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • Be your own best friend.
  • Get to work on the chores & other responsibilities you have been putting off.


This tips to build self-esteem for kids poster is also available in a more teen-friendly version.

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My students loved this resource. I reminded my grades 6-12 students that these ways apply to all kids in K-12 and they smiled at that. Great resource for my tool box. Thanks.

-Valoula S.

November 10, 2021, TPT Review



I love incorporating this resource into counselling sessions. Most often self esteem is intertwined with other presenting challenges for kids and families. Resources with tangible ways to work on a concept are most helpful for the families I work with and the illustrations keep it fun and engaging!

-Rachel P.

November 8, 2021, TPT Review



Another lovely poster! Thank you for creating these valuable resources. I use them to decorate my office but they are also great as handouts to parents.
-Sophie Hamam (TPT Seller) 
September 25, 2021