Inside: Tips for raising confident kids and how to build confidence in kids early in life.
The highlight of any parent’s life is seeing their child navigate life with confidence. Life can be challenging, even for your young ones, and it’s our duty as parents to give them the tools they need to deal with whatever life throws at them.
From the day they are born, your kids are learning new skills and gaining new abilities, even if you can’t tell. As they get older, children need the confidence to survive as they deal with people inside and outside the family.
So what is the secret to raising confident kids? How can you prepare them for whatever comes ahead? Keep on reading to learn more about the key to how to build a child’s confidence.
Raising Confident Kids
To move forward in life, kids need to trust their abilities and know that they can handle anything. They need to believe that they should try again if they fail and even accept that sometimes things don’t work the way they want them to. They need to embrace failure when it’s inevitable, as it prompts them to go on a new path.
These 4 amazing secrets can help your children understand the mystery of life and how to rebound from failure.
1. Be A Role Model
You are your child’s first teacher and their most trustworthy mentor. If you show them that you’re self-confident, they will imitate you.
For us adults, life is always challenging with too many responsibilities, and being self-confident is always easier said than done. But when your kids see you being optimistic, taking up a challenge, learning new skills, and even acknowledge hardships, they will learn from you. As you are dealing with difficult situations, be honest with your kids about what you are feeling, so you don’t have to pretend that everything is okay all the time.
As a matter of fact, your honesty and self-confidence will teach your kids that they don’t have to excel at everything, and sometimes accepting the bad results is the best thing to do. But, on the other hand, you can teach them to focus on the positive things and be ready for them, even if they’re not there yet.
2. Encourage Your Kids to Try New Things
Nothing extraordinary ever happens if you never leave your comfort zone, and this is a lesson that your kids need to learn. This is why you should always encourage your kids to do new things.
Instead of focusing on what they already know, you can encourage your kids to try new things. Seeing that they can excel at new skills will eventually make your kids feel confident and capable. As they conquer obstacles, kids will become better at facing challenges, and they will eventually get convinced that they can overcome whatever comes their way.
3. Celebrate Perseverance
When you see kids dealing with failure, always praise their ability to try again. Kids will learn that one setback doesn’t mean the end of the journey. They still need to know that failing is part of life as much as succeeding and that no one can succeed all the time.
Kids will know that being resilient is the real lesson that everyone needs to focus on. They will learn that confidence can be gained by not winning all the time but through the ability to get up and try again with determination.
As you celebrate kids’ efforts, they won’t give up easily. It’s crucial to acknowledge hard work and understand that it takes a lot of effort to develop new skills. They will understand that the results of hard work might not be immediate but that the effort will eventually pay off.
4. Avoid Comparisons
One of the mistakes some parents make is telling kids encouraging stories that involve shaming or congratulating someone else to teach a lesson. Unfortunately, this approach can backfire in some situations because your kids might compare themselves to that person and eventually feel inadequate, which is exactly the opposite of your goal.
The best thing to do is to focus on your child and their abilities without worrying about the success or failure of others. Kids need to understand that they’re amazing just the way they are. So they can focus on themselves without worrying about anyone or anything else.
It takes a lot of effort to raise a confident kid, but it’s totally worth it. The more effort you exert with your child, the better you will both become. Life is unexpected, but you will be preparing your child to handle its randomness in the best way possible.
Zoe Amy is a stay at home mom and author of breastfeedingmama.net. She wants to help every mom experience the joys of breastfeeding.