Confidence is one of the important virtues required to excel at anything that we do. Therefore, it is necessary to help children imbibe this virtue to raise them in to successful individuals. Let us take a look at the 5 thumb rules for raising a confident child.
Confidence is one of the building blocks of success and only a confident person can carve a niche in this highly competitive world. While every parent wants his or her kids to succeed and shine in life, few realize that the confidence needed to capture success needs to be incorporated in the psyche of the child right from childhood. Building confidence is not a difficult task and with a little help from these tips you will be well on your way of building healthy confident kids.
Practice Responsive Parenting
The first seeds of self worth are sown in the early formative years of childhood. What you do to your kid during the first 3 to 4 years of their lives will stay embedded in their unconscious mind and will affect their personality and confidence.
Place yourself in the position of an infant who is completely at the mercy of the caregiver. The infant cries out for every need and every impulse. When the caregiver responds positively attending to every need the baby develops a feeling like “I am cared for and wanted and therefore I am worthwhile”. Responsive parenting will assure the baby of constant caring presence of the parent and this will greatly help in building confidence.
Become a Better Person
A confident child is the by product of a good parent. A good parent is again the by product of a good person. When you become a parent you have the rare chance of becoming all that you wished your parents to be. In case you suffered during your childhood it is time that you realized the exact reasons for your suffering and make sure that you do not repeat the same mistakes with your kid.
Try to become a warmer and more loving person and scale up your reservoirs of patience. A child who has a happy and balanced parent has a greater chance of becoming a confident individual.
Shine Like a Positive Mirror
During the younger years of childhood much of what a child feels about himself or herself is dependent upon the opinions of caregivers (especially parents). One great chance of building up the confidence of your kid is to reflect positive thoughts, actions and opinions to your child as if you were a positive beautifying mirror.
Give your children the idea that it is fun to be with them and they are healthy and smart individuals. With continued positive reflections your kid will develop a positive attitude. Also cessation of these reflections will automatically let your kid know that all is not well and will not be able to come out of the shell.
Involve your Child in Chores
Children crave to be given responsibilities and to be treated as adults. A very good way of building up their confidence is to give them age-appropriate responsibilities. Give your child some manageable chores which he or she can easily execute successfully. A good example is watering the garden plants or helping wipe up the dishes.
Smaller kids can be given the responsibility to pick up their own toys after they have played or to learn to keep their used dishes in a specific area of the home. Once chores are executed successfully praise your kid heartily about the great job done. Your kids will grow up to be confident responsible adults this way.
Protect your Kids from Negativity
As mentioned earlier the formative years of childhood are crucial and you need to be careful about protecting your kids from negative influences. Overbearing negative people can deliberately or inadvertently crush your kid’s confidence and cause a negative impact on the personality. Screen your kid’s friends and carefully observe the reactions he or she show to interactions with specific group of people.
With a little care and help from these tips you will surely be successful in boosting the confidence of your kids. How to boost the confidence of children? Why is it necessary to boost confidence of children right from early childhood? How to prevent overconfidence in children? Discuss here.
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