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Ways to help your children develop self-esteem and confidence

Self-esteem and confidence are major traits in individuals that affect their success. While these are lifelong processes, the foundation of it can be established in early childhood. Building self-esteem will allow your child to deal with difficult situations that they will encounter during their lifetime. Since parents have the greatest influence on a child’s belief, it is important for you to let your child know where they belong, how well they are doing and contribute towards developing healthy confidence and self-esteem.

 

Here are some practical tips that will help you encourage self-esteem and confidence in your child:

  • Step back – While you may be worried about your child failing or not doing good on a task, it is best to take a step back and not help them at every step. You need to be able to help your child become competent and not be dependent on others. Allow your child to take healthy risks and solve problems on their own. Once they are able to accomplish them, recognize their success.
  • Praise – Praising helps children learn what is appropriate. They want your attention and for you to be proud so let them know when they do something that you have asked or something that is appropriate or beneficial.  It is helpful to give specific feedback, eg: you coloured in the lines so well!, and keep an eye out to Catch Your Kids Being Good!
  • Assign small tasks around the house – Allow your children to help you around the house by giving them small tasks. This will encourage them to showcase their skills and also make them realize they are making a contribution and they will feel appreciated by other family members.
  • Allow them to pursue new interests – Encourage your children to take up new interests and pursue them. Set achievable goals on their particular interests so that when they achieve them, it will give them a sense of accomplishment that will boost their self-esteem.

You can use your influence in the early lives of your children so that they grow into responsible, competent and confident adults. Good luck! And have fun!

By MentalPress; Modified by Dr. Alexandra Bodden

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