Children have incredible minds. They learn and process information faster in childhood than at any other point in their lifetime. It is also during this critical phase where they develop mental and physical habits that contribute to their overall take on personal confidence. During this critical time, it is important that you help them gain the confidence they need in life.
How to Help Your Children Build The Confidence They Need For Success
Here are few tips to get you started:
- Failure is OK
Since everyone continues to fail at different things throughout their lives, it’s far more important to teach your child how to fail than punish them for doing so. So long as they understand how to pick themselves back up, they will learn a personal sense of confidence that will carry them through harder times.
- Making Decisions
As soon as they are old enough, allow them to make certain decisions for themselves. While this may be hard to do at times, especially when you feel you know what’s best for them, it’s important that they deal with the consequences, both good and bad. This will start them down to path of understanding that every action comes with its own set of consequences. Be sure to discuss this with them as well to help teach them what to consider when deciding.
- Support Their Likes
Expose your child to as much as you can and let them choose which activities they really love to do. Everyone has a passion and giving them a field of expertise they enjoy builds within them a sense of pride about themselves and what they identify with.
- Celebrate Sparingly
If you dote on your child every time they do something, they grow up with the expectation that even mundane tasks should be rewarded. Instead, celebrate together when they do something that is truly outstanding. For example, something like doing weekly chores should not be praised or rewarded as something great. Some things should be expected of them, whether it warrants extra praise or not.
- Don’t Rescue Them
It is natural to want to help those you love who are hurt in some way, however too much of this is stifling. If your child gets upset about something, let them deal with it in their own way. Negative emotions are a natural part of the emotional scale and are not something to be ignored or ashamed of.
- Physical Beauty
Last but not least, teach them about the ins and outs of external beauty. While culture still tries to push the idea of beauty within, we all still judge one another based on external appearances. Do what you can to ensure they have no physical flaws to be ashamed of, such as orthodontic treatments to ensure they always are proud of their smile. Some physical flaws, if not addressed at a young age, can cause other health problems later in life too, like cleft lip or an under or overbite.
Your child is at their most vulnerable and continually looks to you for guidance. Treat them with respect and teach them how to understand themselves to build an internal confidence that cannot be destroyed by the ups and downs of life.
Informational credit to Forest Lawn Dental Centre.
Guest post written by Anita. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She mostly writes about home and family, finance, and business. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.
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