Confidence and self-esteem are two important traits affecting successful behaviors in individuals. While self-esteem and confidence development is a process that lasts a lifetime, the foundations and building blocks need to be properly established in childhood. You can help your child develop confidence.
Building self-esteem allows children to effectively deal with the difficult situations they will inevitably encounter. As a parent, you have the strongest influence on the belief system of a child. You have an immeasurably important role helping your child develop confidence. You can engender feelings of belonging. As your child progresses, focus your feedback and direction to develop self-esteem and confidence.
Dr. Geizhals can help build self-esteem in your child. Contact Dr. Geizhals today for assistance.
Help your child develop confidence and self-esteem
Here are a few pointers that will help you build self-esteem and confidence in your children without interfering too greatly.
Take a step back: Sure, you might be concerned about your children failing or not performing up to their standards. Regardless, it is best to take a step back and not guide them through every step of their lives. You can teach your child competence and independence. Allow your child to take safe risks and engage in problem-solving on their own. When your child succeeds, recognize their success.
Praise, but be wary of over-praise: The line between praising your children and going overboard is very thin. Compliments every now and then are vital for developing self-esteem through positive reinforcement. Overdoing praise will only serve to lower the bar for success. Limit compliments to achievements that are important. (For more information, read When Parents’ Praise Inflates, Children’s Self-Esteem Deflates.) Too much praise can result in your child refusing to strive for better results when striving is difficult.
Assign tasks around the house: Give your children the opportunity to assist around the house by giving them small tasks. Contributing to the household builds skills and feelings of competence. In addition, feeling valued for their contributions by other members of the family reinforces their sense of self-worth.
Encourage the pursuit of the unknown: Give your children encouragement to cultivate new interests. Set goals that are achievable for their interests. When goals are achieved, your child will experience a sense of accomplishment and improved self-esteem.
Exercising your parental influence in the early years of your children’s lives can help them grow into responsible, confident, and highly competent adults.
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If you have any questions about self-esteem for girls or boys, contact Dr. Judith Geizhals. As a highly trained child psychologist, Dr. Geizhals has assisted many children and has helped many parents build improved relationships with their children. Dr. Geizhals has offices in Great Neck and New York City.Please share this post!