Raising Confident Children (and Book Giveaway)
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Low confidence can be the root cause of so many issues in adulthood, and it can start from childhood.
I’m always analysing my son’s behaviours and have noticed he’s not as confident as I feel he deserves to be.
Self-worth is key to reducing some of these difficulties, so I’ve been looking at esteem-boosting ways to support him.
For confident children, situations are never hopeless, just problems to be solved.
Confident children worry less about the opinions of others, and are less likely to respond to peer or media pressure.
Confident children are social magnets. They are popular and fun to be around.
Pat Guy’s Tips to Help Raise Children’s Self-Belief
Children Need Adult Time & Attention
Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives and spend time with them.
When children feel listened to, appreciated and understood, they see themselves as interesting individuals worthy of respect.
Children learn through imitating the behaviour of adults.
They will learn from their parents about how adults deal with disappointment, success, anxiety, failure and social interactions.
Demonstrate Confidence in the Children
Show the children that you believe they are capable of tackling a task.
Provide them with opportunities to do things independently.
Give lots of encouragement and specific praise for effort as well as talent.
Be open when you struggle with something to show the child that difficulties and problem solving are part of everyday life.
Use phrases like; ‘Oh well, I’ll have to have another go, nothing is going to be perfect first time. I’ll try again.’
Help the child to work out how to do things, particularly with school activities.
Help them learn how to revise, learn spellings, organise themselves and more.
If a child feels they have the skills necessary to tackle tasks, their confidence will increase.
Remember Children are All Individuals
Comparisons to siblings or peers are unpleasant.
Just because a child walked, talked and took his GCSEs at certain ages doesn’t mean his siblings also will.
Life is not a race: all children develop in their own time.
Allow the children plenty of opportunity to play and mess about.
Encourage them to do more of what they enjoy, as well as anything they are good at.
This could include caring for pets, drawing cartoons, mending things, playing a musical instrument, skate boarding, gardening.
Practice will improve their performance in these areas, and have a positive knock-on effect on their confidence.
Emphasise the Importance of Good Social Skills & Empathy
Turn the child’s focus outwards and away from themselves.
Supporting others within their immediate social circle will help the child to feel confident in their own ability: being considerate towards neighbours, walking the family dog, helping older or younger members of the family, and being a loyal friend.
A child’s self-esteem will be boosted by positive feedback for thoughtful behaviour.
Encourage the children to participate in their school community and to join any school group that interest them: becoming a member of the School Council, a coach for junior sports teams, a Library monitor, an active participant in a school club, perhaps: Dungeons and Dragons, Drama, Lego, Conservation or the Charity Committee.
When a child’s contribution is valued by others, they will value themselves.
For children who find relationships with peers of their age difficult, younger children can provide them with an unfaltering supply of admiration and approval.
Encourage the children to join groups within the wider community: sports clubs, drama and dance groups, Brownies, choirs, bands, amateur dramatics or model aeroplane clubs.
When a child enjoys activities outside their family and school, they will get positive feedback from a wider range of people.
Well-developed talents and competences will always be a confidence booster for any child.
Read more about how you can develop your child’s confidence in ‘Raising Confident Children’ by Pat Guy – available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition.
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