6 Tips to Help Build Self Confidence in Kids

July 11, 2019

Just like adults, children who feel good and confident about themselves are more likely to succeed in school and in life. When children have a strong sense of self-worth, they feel more confident to try new things. They don’t let fear keep them from trying and they feel proud about what they can do. However, self-confidence isn’t something every child is naturally born with. It is something that is developed over time with the help of parents. You have the power to boost your child’s self-esteem and teach them resilience. Here are 6 tips on how to build self-confidence in kids. 

Make your child feel loved

Love is a strong foundation for confidence. Make sure your little one knows how much you love them. Use every opportunity to make them feel your affection and let them know they are important and cared for. Never take them for granted. There may be times when you fail and make mistakes, (all parents do make mistakes) so be sure to make it up to your little one. The more confident they feel about the love they get from their parents and family, the more confident they’ll also feel about themselves.

Give them choices

The freedom to make choices can help make little kids feel empowered. Allow your little one to make choices even in things as little as which snacks they want to have after school. Learning how to make simple choices while they’re young will help prepare them for more difficult decisions they’ll have growing up.

Praise them and give them positive feedback

Young kids measure their worth based on what their parents think of them. Help them create a positive self-image by giving praise where praise is due. Don’t ever let them think that they are a failure by focusing on their mistakes. Recognize good actions and behavior. When they make mistakes or when they fail, just be there for them. Let them understand that it’s their efforts that count and that they can do better next time. 

Don’t do everything for them

It’s okay to let your little one learn how to do certain things on their own. You don’t have to do everything for them. Allow them to practice independence by trying to figure things out on their own. For example, instead of putting their socks on for them or dressing them up, let them do these things on their own. Teach them how to make their own sandwich without your intervention. They may not get it done as fast as you can but it’ll help them learn new skills and develop confidence in themselves.

Encourage involvement in sports and discovering new hobbies

Giving your little one the chance to gain new experiences can help them build confidence in their abilities. Help expand their horizons by encouraging them to discover new hobbies or get involved in sports or other physical activities. Don’t limit their learning to the corners of your home. Let them enjoy group activities so that they can learn how to get along with others, handle defeat, discover new passions and learn about life skills that will help them achieve success in the future. 

Don’t draw comparisons between them and other children

If you have more than one child, be sure to never compare them with each other. Or if your little one doesn’t have any siblings, you still have to make sure they are never compared with other kids. Every child is unique. They have their own special gifts. They have their own strengths and weaknesses, as we all do. So, make your little one feel that, even if they are not good enough at one thing, they can outshine others in other areas. And that if they can’t be perfect at everything, it’s fine. Nobody’s perfect after all.

A confident child is a successful child. When a child is confident about their abilities and themselves in general, they can rise above whatever circumstances and be able to achieve anything they set their eyes on. 

Equip your child with the confidence they need by sending them to a school that doesn’t only teach them to survive but to thrive in anything and everything. Please feel free to contact Imagine Nation Learning Center.

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