As parents, we know that there is no limit to what our children can do. As we consistently work to build them into strong humans, confidence should be one skill at the top of our list.
Reinforcing positive, confidence-building habits in your child's daily life is one of the best ways we can develop a sense of self-confidence in children.
Here are a few ways you can start building your child’s self-confidence from home!
Praise your child’s efforts, not their natural talent or ability. Confidence comes down to HOW we praise.
A child has little control over the abilities they are born with. When they receive praise for their natural ability, they’re being praised for something they don’t have much control over. When children receive praise for their efforts, they not only get a sense of satisfaction but they also learn that the more work they put into something, the better at it you’ll become.
Let’s put this idea into practice. If your child does well in a test say “Great job, you worked hard for that and it paid off. We’re proud of your effort,” rather than, “Great job, you're so smart!”
Children have the power to control where they dedicate their time and effort and this is what we want to encourage with our praise.
Allowing your child to lead in a game or play gives them the chance to expand their creativity, take risks, and learn new boundaries. In everyday life, kids are told when and how things are done. By letting them lead, they learn to see things from a different perspective and in turn gain confidence from knowing that they are capable and are being heard.
Goal setting gives your child a “can-do” attitude, helps them stay motivated, and encourages them to take responsibility. Big goals and small goals are all equally important. Plan goals with your child for the day, the week, or the year. Making the daily goals very attainable will give them a sense of achievement, and in turn drive them towards achieving their longer term goals.
You can find out more about goal setting for kids, here.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the environment that your child learns in. Creating a positive learning environment will not only encourage your child to learn, but will also create a safe and exciting space for learning that they’ll want to be in.
Encouraging playful activities that bring positivity to their lives is a great way to start. Use encouraging words, practice self-discipline, and emphasize the importance of playing and being yourself. Modelling a positive mindset yourself can make a big difference too.
Here at Peoply, we do this through the use of remote technology and specialised teaching staff to create an empowering online landscape for children to learn. Click here to find out more!
So there you have it, four simple things you can do as a parent to improve your child's confidence. There are too many ways to include in one article, so if you’d like to know more about creating strong kids, click here to learn about how Peoply helps kids discover their superpowers. Have a read and let us know your thoughts!