Read on to find 4 things that can help you to make your child a more confident and self-assured person.
Encourage your child to take up a sport from a very young age. Let your child select what sport she wants to take up - this way she will be more regular with the sport. Often when children are young, they tend to take up things and give them up halfway. This is because a child is happy enough at home, surrounded by family. So take it upon yourself,
if you have the time, to accompany your child to her sports coaching
class. If your child is learning a sport at a club, you could go with her to the club, and while she plays her sport, you could do your own thing. Better yet, take up the sport
with her, so you could make going to the sports club a family outing.
Remember, you need to do this only initially. Once your child gets the
hang of a sport and starts becoming good, her interest in the sport will increase by itself. Having a skill like playing a particular sport, and being good at it, will give your child tremendous confidence.
Enroll your child in public speaking classes from a young age itself. Make sure she attends regularly, and
keep re-enrolling her so that speaking in public becomes almost second
nature to her. Encourage her to participate in debate competitions at school, and speak up regularly in class. If your child is
shy, speak to her teacher and request her to call on your child more
regularly to answer questions in class. Also, if your child plays a sport, she can be a part of the team in her school if possible. This will encourage her to be more of a participant and be more involved with school activities.
Getting your child to join a drama class is a good idea. Performing in
front of an audience is sure to give any child a high, and a confidence
boost. It doesn't matter if your child starts out by playing the part
of trees in the play! Gradually, as your child continues to be regular
with his classes, he is sure to get bigger and better roles, and as his
roles grow, so will his confidence.
There are numerous drama classes for children, and most schools put up
plays performed by students annually. If your child has a flair for
drama, he can participate in the plays in school. This will lead to
greater recognition in school. A child that participates in numerous
school activities is generally a confident child, and participation
increases recognition and popularity, which brings about more confidence.
One of the most important things you as a parent can do for your child is
to pay attention to him when he talks. If he finds that your attention
is drifting, he will be able to make out almost immediately, and will
clamp up. This will lead to feelings of inadequacy. Pay attention to
your child when he is talking, listen to him, and show an interest in
his school activities. You may be at home all the time with your child,
but that alone is not enough until you actually sit with him and have
heart to heart discussions with him. Question him on his day, find out
what is going on with his friends, and support and encourage
him at every step. If you disagree with something he says, feel free to
voice your opinion. After all, being involved is more important than
agreeing with everything he says.
confident can help your child to excel in any field which he or she chooses.
Therefore, you must boost your child’s confidence so that he or she can open-up,
be independent, express himself or herself freely and face the world confidently
throughout his or her life.
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