Kids need confidence. Fact, right?! I decided to share these Tips For Growing Confident Kids because they’ve produced great results with my own kids. They’re easy, simple, and effective ways to build confidence. Why are these Tips For Growing Confident Kids important? Because confidence is an important part of life…
Tips For Growing Confident Kids
Be your child’s biggest cheerleader. We are still potty training (at the tail end but accidents still happen) but we keep it positive. We praise the good days. We recognize when he’s dry. We commend him when he tells us he has to go when we are out and about. Confidence comes from positive experience. Build that good experience.
Calm it down and talk it out. One of my daughters dislikes talking with adults whom she doesn’t know. Like phoning the orthodontist’s office to re-schedule an appointment. So what did I do? Obliged her to make the call. I said, “Hey, it’s YOUR appointment. So it’s YOUR responsibility.” She replied “But I don’t know what to say! I don’t want to. Can you just do it for me?!” Tough call, because I could certainly have been a snowplow parent, push away the obstacle, and have the appointment re-scheduled for her. But this wouldn’t help grow self-confidence.
I had her calm down. Talked out what she should say. Discussed what she could expect them to say. And reminded her that the consequences were not serious. What’s the worst that would happen? Having to repeat herself? I reassured her the secretary only wanted to make an appointment not quiz her on her multiplication tables. And she did it. Big smiles afterwards too. Confidence comes from overcoming a challenge.
Give them space to try and the support to have their back. My oldest daughter is at an age where she can come and go as she pleases (during daylight hours). Honestly, it scares the bejesus out of me but I know this her grow the confidence to be self-reliant when travelling to and from the places she needs to go. This is a life skill, in fact. So, off she goes…out into the world. And if ever she misses a bus, she knows to keep calm and simply call home and I’ll guide her. It makes me smile, knowing she not only has the confidence to venture out on her own, but also to ask questions when things don’t go precisely as planned.
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