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From What Activities Does Your Child Derive Self-Confidence?

by Barbie Carpenter , studioD

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.

Skill-based Activities

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.

Celebrated 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.

Supported Activities

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.

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.

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