Life isn’t always easy, and that’s exactly why it is important to raise children to be more confident and ready to take on challenges without losing hope. As parents, we can do a lot to shape that.
Praise and positive feedback work wonders for children, whether you’re trying to encourage a certain behaviour or just teaching them to be more passionate and motivated towards their goals. However, it is important to keep your praise realistic and not measure your child’s worth based on his achievements. Show them that you’re happy with them even if they don’t succeed every time.
Encourage goal setting
It is never too early to teach children the importance of goal setting, help your child set realistic goals, whether it comes to school or any other extra curricular activities that he is interested in. Help him set short term goals that are easy to reach and accomplish, those small achievements can really boost his morale and confidence.
There’s no such thing as a perfect child. Every child has his own strong set of skills and it’s our job to help him discover what his are.
Try to create small opportunities for your child that make him feel successful, it can be anything from making a sandwich, hoovering up or a garden service, the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a task can help boost your child’s confidence beyond words.
No one succeeds at everything they do. Help your child understand that their failures and hurdles are actually shaping him and making him stronger. Encourage him to understand that his setbacks are natural, it happens with everyone, and to not give up.
Focus on the effort
Positive feedback plays a crucial role in shaping your child’s confidence, but make sure you’re focusing on your child’s effort while doing it, not on things and aspects that he has no control over.
Be the support
As a parent, one of the best things you could do to internally motivate your child and raise him to be more confident is to support him tirelessly when he pursues something he’s interested in. Be his number 1 fan, clap for him, cheer him and show your interest in his dreams, it can affect your child more and in ways you can’t imagine.