“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
– E.E. Cummings
It is very important for you, as a mum, to empower your child to be confident. Confidence is the path to success — when your child believes in himself or herself, he or she will take more risks in life, accomplish goals and achieve great things.
Decades of studies, many of them by Diana Baumrind, who was a clinical and developmental psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that parents should be involved and responsive. Particularly, parents should set high expectations and respect their child’s autonomy.
If you're not sure where to start, here are some effective ways to help your children become happy, self-assured and successful.
1. Teach Your Child The Value Of Resilience
Confidence begins with strong resilience.
As you watch your child grow, you can help improve his or her self-confidence by giving him or her opportunities to practise and master different skills. Whether it's learning a new sport or taking up music lessons, acquiring new skills go a long way in helping your child build self-esteem.
This is because picking up new skills requires resilience.
Let your child make mistakes. It is important for you and your child to remember that resilience does not come from failing, but from your child's experience of learning to pick himself or herself up, try again, and eventually succeed. Don't forget to be there to boost your child's spirit so he or she is driven to keep trying — you are your child's biggest cheerleader!
2. Let Your Child Make His Or Her Own Choices
As your child grows up and begins to find footing in his or her own life journey, remember that it's not about doing things for your child, it's about doing things with him or her.
When your child learns and is able to make his or her own choices, he or she will naturally feel more empowered and therefore more confident.
3. Give Your Child Responsibilities
Raise a confident child by giving your young one household duties.
Giving your child small tasks helps your child feel more responsible and channels his or her energy into desirable behaviour and mastering new skills. You may start with something simple like getting your child to make his or her bed in the morning or cleaning his or her room. When he or she is more confident, you can let your child manage larger tasks like washing the dishes after dinner or helping you with buying groceries from the market!
4. Teach Your Child To Be A Problem-Solver
When your child meets hurdles and challenges, help him or her work through the problems instead of solving them for your child. As a parent, it is crucial to guide your child through difficulties so he or she can eventually learn to solve problems on his or her own.
As your child learns how to handle disappointment or frustration in his or her journey towards success, he or she will develop feelings of confidence and competence. Once again, remember to always encourage your child, but do not let him or her depend completely on you.
Let your child be the one to find solutions and who knows, he or she may surprise you with some of his or her own creative ways.
5. Acknowledge Your Child's Efforts
Don’t hold back from praising your child, but be careful about how you praise him or her. You might like to try placing more focus on his or her effort and growth than on the absolute outcome. It’s more meaningful for your child when you recognise the work that he or she has put in rather than to simply praise the results.
When you respond with, “I can tell you put a lot of time into this,” it encourages your child to develop a strong work ethic. Your child may feel motivated and think to himself or herself, “Yes, I did work hard! I did a good job on this!”
This is one way children develop their internal motivation and confidence — when they are the ones who recognise their efforts and think, “Yes, I am proud of myself!”
Building Your Child's Confidence is a Journey
Developing self-esteem and confidence in your child is not a something that can be achieve immediately; it's a long term process and is important for your child in the long run.
As a parent, your child's happiness is of utmost importance to you. You want him or her to grow into a happy and successful individual.
And as educators, we want to play a bigger part in helping you to nurture your child into a strong and confident learner. Our lessons will provide your child with opportunities to pick up new skills, learn through failure and offer him or her space to build courage and better understand the world he or she is in.
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