Confidence and self-esteem are two of the most major 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 s have the strongest influence on the belief system of a child. You have an immeasurably important role helping your child develop confidence. As a parent, you can engender feelings of belonging. You provide feedback and direction as your child progresses, contributing to development of self-esteem and confidence.
Help your child develop confidence and self-esteem
The following are a few pointers that will assist you in encouraging 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 on some task. Regardless, it is best to take a step back and not guide them through every step of their lives. You need to have the ability to teach your child competence and to not be dependent on others. Do this by allowing your child to take safe risks and engage in problem solving on their own. Once they are able to accomplish these things, 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 this will only serve to lower the bar for success. This will lead to the child refusing to push themselves to attain better results. Limit compliments to only major achievements, as well as where they can be deemed important.
Assign tasks around the house: Give your children the opportunity to assist around the house by giving them smaller tasks. This attribution will encourage their skill set, as well as causing them to realize that they are making a contribution. This will in turn allow them to feel appreciated by other members of the family.
Encourage the pursuit of the unknown: Give your children encouragement to endeavor new interests. Set goals that are achievable regarding their particular set of interests. This way, when they achieve these goals, it will give them a sense of accomplishment, serving the dual purpose of boosting their self-esteem.
Use your parents influence in the correct way in the earlier years of your children’s lives. This way, they will grow into responsible, confident, and highly competent adults.
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If you have any questions about working with children, contact Dr. Judith Geizhals. As a highly trained child psychologist in Great Neck and New York City, she has assisted many children and many parents in their relationships with their children.Please share this post!