How to boost your children's self-confidence and self-esteem
As adults, we are fully aware of how important confidence is. And as most of us will also know, building up that confidence and positive self-esteem starts early in childhood. Parents and teachers are partly responsible for helping them develop a healthy relationship with their self-worth.
After all, confident children are more likely to:
- Try new activities,
- Put more effort into their tasks,
- Better cope with their mistakes,
- Become confident, resilient adults.
In this article, we'll give you a few tips on what you can do as a parent to boost your children's confidence and self-esteem.
1. Create age-appropriate challenges
2. Call them by their name
3. Avoid making comparisons
4. Help them discover what their passions are
5. Encourage them to develop new skills
6. Support them through their fear of failure
Fear of failing usually means that our confidence is compromised. It also prevents children from trying their best, keeping them from reaching their full potential.
To help them overcome their fear of failure, remind them that mistakes are a crucial part of the learning process. Point out that we can't succeed without a few setbacks along the way.
7. Lead by example
A tip that rarely gets old: lead by example. By improving your own confidence, trying new things, and focusing on what you also love, you are inspiring your children to mimic your behaviour. On the same note, watch how you react to your own mistakes and setbacks – what kind of message are you giving them?
We hope you have enjoyed our tips to make your child's upbringing more supportive of their self-esteem and confidence. Don't forget that fairy tales can play a huge part in sending a positive message during your kids' development.
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