10 Jan 10 ways to Build Confidence in your Child
Family psychologist Larne Wellington offers these tips for parents to help build self-esteem in their kids. Give your child lots of opportunities to practice and master new skills so when they are faced with challenges, they recall their successes in other areas.
- Let kids make mistakes and encourage them so they try again next time.
- Be enthusiastic if your child is showing you a new skill.
- Help your child identify their unique qualities and strengths.
- Convey a message that you believe they can achieve success if they persist. Kids tend to live up to the expectations we set for them.
- Spend time with them every day so they feel appreciated and loved.
- Give them your undivided attention, even for 10 minutes a day.
- Be a positive role model. If you have confidence, it will rub off on your child.
- Praise your child’s efforts, not just the result. They need to know they are loved and accepted, whether they succeed or fail.
- Have clear rules about when your child can perform certain activities, such as walking to school by themselves. They’re likely to feel confident because they will be comfortable with what they can do at that age.
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