Self-esteem and Self Awareness are the foundations of developing confidence in an individual. Science suggests that it is always good to start developing self-awareness and self-esteem from early childhood to have a better impact on the kids’ personality at a later age.
Now before you learn the ways to raise a confident child, let’s have a brief look at the 5 ultimate benefits of raising a confident child.
- When children feel confident they’re more likely to do better in academics and are more cheerful and happy individuals.
- Self-confident children also trust in their ability to master their behavior, learn new skills, and tackle obstacles.
- When kids are confident, they’re more likely to move forward with people and opportunities and not back away from them and if things don’t work out at first, confidence helps us try again. It’s the opposite when confidence is low.
- Confident children accept that failure is a part of life and take more chances as a result – which makes them even more successful later in life.
- Confident people know that asking other people for help won’t make them seem weak or unintelligent. They also know that learning from someone with more expertise is a great way to improve.
Now to fulfill your dream of having a confident child is just a few actions away. Follow these and make a great impact on your child’s confidence today.
Model confidence yourself – Kids are great observers, they learn better from what they observe around rather than what is taught to them. So be a role model, the more confidence they see in their parents, the more confidence they will have in them.
Develop positive self-esteem – Self-esteem means liking yourself, loving yourself, and feeling good about yourself. Praise them at their achievements, choose your words cautiously while scolding them, do not compare them with anyone for anything. Don’t embarrass them in social settings, encourage them to ask questions and be a good listener. Value their suggestions and words in family decision. These small acts in everyday routine will leave great impact on their personality and will develop them as confident individuals.
Decision Making Freedom – Start giving them freedom for making their small and daily decisions like how to keep their room tidy, what toys they want to buy, which subject they want to study first, what time they want to have milk, if their answers do not match your opinion, talk to them and guide them with logics to get the work done. Simply saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ can solve your problem of the moment but won’t help your child to develop decision-making in the future.
Create Self-Awareness – Self-awareness is basically knowing all about yourself. Kids mostly are dependent on their parents/guardians for approval of everything they do or want. If not taken care of wisely, they develop the habit of seeking approval for everything in later life and are dependent on accepting things based on others’ opinions, in fact in many instances, kids with no self-awareness are even dependent on others’ opinions for their happiness. For example, everyone liked me and so I am happy, my friends praise me and so I am confidents, this is good till he gets positive reactions but when he experiences any negative comments or reactions from others, it will have a strong impact on his mind and might lead to depression and low confidence. Help them identify their hobbies, talk to them about their choices, ask them what they feel on certain occasions, and instead of putting your decisions on them, seek their approval too. These will help them explore the real they and they will depend more on their own approval.
Encourage Routine and Rules – A routine helps your child understand the balance between enjoyable tasks such as play and functional tasks such as brushing their teeth. When a child has a predictable daily routine, it reminds them that they are in a secure, loving environment and further develops confidence in them. The routine also influences child’s cognitive, social and emotional development because it helps them understand expectations, enhances their focus and make them more organized. Organized people with predictable tasks for the whole day/week are more confident than others.