Parents are the biggest influence on a child’s confidence level and their outlook in life. Without even knowing it, you could be a reflection in your child's eyes of missed opportunities, disappointments and bitterness because of past negative experiences. You may make them afraid to take risks or try out new things.
The physical impression that a person has of him/herself is very important. A child may feel inferior when compared with another person. Comments by kids related to physical traits that are different, may negatively influence young children. Such comments can create low self esteem, especially during the preteen years, this becomes even more important when the person is trying to establish an identity.