Nobody wants their child to be shy or have low self-esteem, so how do us parents help our child be more confident?
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Confidence is the humble acknowledgment that you are capable. It’s about having faith in your abilities and being able to rely on certain skills should you need them. Confidence allows us to feel ready to overcome life’s challenges and enables us to move forward in a positive manner, with opportunities and relationships.
Parents should help their child be more confident as much as possible because this will help them reach their full potential.
Here are some tips from a junior school in the Cotswolds on how to raise a confident child.
Praise your child’s efforts
Sometimes, when we fail at something, we lose a bit of confidence in ourselves and feel reluctant to try again. In order to prevent this from happening to your child, try to focus on their efforts, rather than the end result.
If you spot them working really hard on their exam revision, let them know how proud you are of them for trying their best. The fact that they are putting in the effort is far more important than if they get a good grade or not. If they do happen to get a bad result on a test, remind them that it’s perfectly normal for human beings to fail from time to time and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Punishing them for performing poorly will only knock their confidence further. So praising their efforts is a great way to help your child be more confident.
Encourage your child to pursue a hobby
Extra-curricular activities are great for helping youngsters develop a range of key skills, from time management to teamwork. As their skills start to improve, so will their confidence. They will start to believe in themselves, which will allow them to feel more comfortable taking risks and putting themselves out there in the future.
Give your child some responsibilities
It’s one thing to talk to your child about their abilities and compliment them, but it’s another thing to demonstrate with your actions that you trust them and have faith in their abilities. To do this, give them some age-appropriate responsibilities around your home, like walking the dog each evening or setting the table for dinner. As they start to master these tasks, give them some more challenging ones. With every step forward, their confidence will grow, especially if they know that you have confidence in them.
What do you do to help your child be more confident?
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