Eight Ways to Boost Your Child’s Confidence.
Many parents wonder how to encourage their child to build deeper relationships and develop better interpersonal skills. There are numerous confidence-building workshops we can send our children to.
To my understanding, a better way is developing a healthy sense of self-esteem.
Here are eight ways we can do to build our children’s confidence.
- Show your love. Let your child know you love him no matter what.
- Make it clear to your children that you love and care for those even when they make mistakes or poor decisions, and avoid harshly criticizing or shaming them.
- Joining in a child’s play sends the message that he is important and worthy of your time. During playtime, parents can allow children to initiate or choose the activity, as well as lead it.
- Don’t get upset about mistakes. It’s natural to want to protect your child from failure, but trial and error are how kids learn, and falling short on a goal helps kids find out that it’s not fatal. Don’t get upset about mistakes. Help kids see that everyone makes mistakes and the important thing is to learn from them, not dwell on them.
- Good communication & empower them to make age-appropriate decisions. When we allow our children to make age-appropriate decisions, we are communicating to them that we value their opinions and trust their choices.
- Spend quality time with your child. When we give them our full presence, they understand that they are valued and important to us. Do what they like doing, and explore their interests.
- Encourage them to try new things. Instead of focusing all their energy on what they already excel at, it’s good for kids to diversify. Getting new skills makes kids feel capable and confident that they can manage whatever comes their way.
- Give children tasks to help them feel useful. These tasks can include helping with a pet, being your cooking “assistant”, etc.