Boost your Kid’s Self Confidence And Self Worth.Growing children tend to be pretty expressive, and usually, parents are able to detect the highs and lows of their moods very easily. I sure can with my daughter! Today I want to discuss how boosting self-confidence in a child is a great thing. Low self-esteem is one of those lows, that doesn’t just affect adults, but kids too, and as a parent, there are actually some active and actionable steps you can take to help prevent and tackle that. Read on to know more about those!
How To Boost Self Esteem And ConfidencePraise Effort, Not Results This one’s the golden rule of parenting, whether or not you are trying to boost your kid’s self esteem. Praise your child and do that often, but make sure you’re praising him for his hard work and effort, not only when he wins and succeeds. Be specific and honest with the praise, and acknowledge his challenges.
Boost Self Confidence With Safe Risk TakingEncourage Risk Taking Recall that adrenaline rush and ‘on cloud 9’ feeling you last had when you did something you were super proud of? That’s exactly what you would want your kid to experience, and that will actually help boost his self esteem too. Risk taking is healthy, even for kids. As a parent, allow your kid to explore the unexplored and do things he’s scared of- because when he does it, it’ll help him realise how much taking chances can make him grow.
Boosting Self Confidence In A Child With Constructive FeedbackOffer Constructive Feedback This one may sound counterintuitive, but it is true, and much needed. Teach your kid to understand and accept constructive feedback and sometimes criticism and take it in the right way. Avoid over praising your kid at all costs. Offering too much praise is also harmful and will cause harm both ways- either spur narcissistic behaviour or get your kid to set an impossible standard of being perfect all the time.
Love UnconditionallyAlways let your little one know that your love for him is unconditional and does not depend on his success and achievements. Remember to not always talk about performance, and offer your love without judgments and for his specific wins.
Foster a Growth MindsetIt is very important for parents to help their children develop a growth mindset and to encourage goal setting, even at a very early stage. Help your little one identify his strengths and set goals to help him exercise those strengths and put them to use.
Let Him ChooseAllowing your kid to make a choice is one of the most important values you can teach him, and a lot of parents tend to deprive their child of this one, thinking that they may make the wrong choices. Doing this for a long time can actually cripple your child’s ability to make decisions for himself, and he’ll never be able to trust his own instincts.
Encourage Realistic Goal SettingPush your kid to set goals, and make sure he’s setting realistic goals. Push him towards working hard to achieve those goals, and be there for him when he’s stuck. Eventually, even those small little wins will contribute to his enthusiasm and will give his self esteem the boost it needs. Even if he fails, remind your kid that everything is a learning experience and it is okay to not win all the time. Here is an infographic to pin with these great tips for helping boost self confidence in kids. I hope this is useful and that it is beneficial to you and the kids you care for. Please don’t forget to pin this article. Pinning supports my blog and allows me to share more great content. You may also enjoy the following parenting articles: How To Teach Your Child About Healthy Competition Get Your Family To Sleep Without Feeling Like A Zombie My Parenting Bucket List
About Angela MilnesAngela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
Sabina Green says
I love this post, I have noticed recently that one of my kids in particular seems to be struggling a little with self-confidence so I’m trying to do all I can to help them. I shall be trying some of these 🙂
Oh thanks. It can be tough for little ones to grow but these tips are simple enough that they can really help.
Tandie Ndlovu says
Thanks very much.The above just teaches me not to judge adults who do wrong as they are also a product of their parents who did not teach them well.
Parents seek wisdom in raising kids hence we will have a better up coming generation .