From where does self-confidence in children spring? It comes from the way competence is perceived. Rather than feeling confident because friends and family praise them, a child should feel confident as a result of their own accomplishments. As they learn and complete new goals and tasks, children can become more self-assured and confident. As a parent, you naturally want to instill self-confidence in your children. Children who are confident are more likely to approach new challenges with a fearless nature and believe in themselves. This is important for a fulfilling and happy life.
Granted, every child is unique. To build up the self-confidence in your kids, there are very few general guidelines that can be recommended. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a handful.
Frequently Provide Encouragement to Build Self-Confidence
When was the last time someone told you they believed in you and acknowledged your hard work? How did that make you feel? It gave you a boost and helped you feel like you could keep going. The same kind of confidence boost you got is similar to the encouragement your child feels when you acknowledge them and let them know they are believed in.
Do not confuse praise and encouragement, however. One rewards a task while the other rewards the person.
Make Sure Your Child Is Getting Enough Attention
Your child deserves your full attention, we cannot stress the importance of this enough. Much as when you play with your child (see below) giving them your full attention boosts their self-worth. It sends a message that they are valuable and important. So, put down the phone and shut off the computer when you’re with your children!
When you give your kids your attention, here are some ways to build their confidence:
- Be free about sharing your own feelings.
- Without judgment, assist them in becoming comfortable with their emotions.
- Stop and listen to what your child has to say if they need to talk.
- So that they know you’re truly listening, make eye contact.
Small Jobs Should Be Provided
Children like to feel they are valued and that their contribution matters. To assist them in displaying their skills and achieving a positive feeling, they need opportunities. This means that, at home, they can be asked to assist with chores around the house. Here are some examples:
- Car washing
- Folding or sorting laundry
- Vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting
- Tidying up toys
- Setting the table
Give your child a task that allows them to feel successful and useful. If, for example, your child feels good about their organizational skills, in designated areas, have them put their toys away.
Playtime Is Essential
One of the best investments you can make in your kids is at playtime. You will show your children they are worth your time and are valuable, the more hours you can spend playing with them. During play, focus your attention on your child. Be assured – they will know if your mind is somewhere else. When you’re playing with your child, completely dedicate yourself. This will let the child know they have your attention. Sharing imaginations brings you closer, too.
A Daycare Center Who Understands the Importance of Building Self-Confidence in Children
Home Away Childcare Center understands how important self-confidence is in a child. We care for your child in a loving and supportive manner. Here, children can rest, grow, play, and learn safely and securely.
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