Children with self-confidence can handle life's challenges better, know how to handle conflicts and resist peer pressure, according to KidsHealth from Nemours. In addition, a healthy self-confidence is the foundation of your child's well-being, according to Ask Dr. Sears. Finding activities that satisfy your child can help build his self-confidence. Fortunately, the choice of activity is less important than the fulfillment that your child gains from participating in it, making it easy to find confidence-building activities for every child's interests.
Every child has talents, and guiding your child to activities in which she naturally excels can help to build her self-confidence. Your child will put her skills to good use, allowing her to excel in activities in which she is naturally strong. According to Ask Dr. Sears, you can set your child up for success by guiding her to activities in which she excels. In doing so, she will build self-confidence as she discovers success in her activities.
No matter the activity your child chooses, you can make that activity one that builds self-confidence by praising your child. However, how you praise your child's successes is important. Rather than grandiose or extravagant praise, use descriptive praise when you compliment your child's activities. Descriptive phrase is more specific, such as "You did a great job mixing colors in this painting." The University of Minnesota Extension explains that such praise encourages independence and creative thought, which can, in turn, boost confidence.
Children need your support in the activities they choose. If your son shows an interest in playing baseball, for example, you can attend every practice and game and perhaps even take on a role as a coach. The University of Missouri College of Education explains that this support can help build your child's self-confidence. Your support shows your child that you care for him and believe in him, and such support goes a long way in building self-confidence.
Activities of Interest
You might have grown up playing volleyball, but your daughter is more interested in theater. Do not push your preferences on your child. Instead, allow her to choose activities that truly interest her and, in turn, build her self-confidence. The University of Missouri College of Education encourages parents to let their children learn who they are, rather than pushing them into activities that you prefer. As your child discovers activities that she truly enjoys, she her self-confidence will improve.
- Ask Dr. Sears: 12 Ways to Help Your Child Build Self-Confidence
- KidsHealth from Nemours: Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem
- University of Minnesota Extension: Praise That Builds a Child's Self-Esteem
- University of Missouri College of Education: Questions and Answers About Helping Children Build Self-Esteem
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