Building Confidence in kids

All conscientious parents wish to instil a sense of confidence and independence in their children. That isn’t always easy in the uncertain world we live in, but it should be a goal for forward-thinking mums and dads. Studies show certain parenting techniques can be especially effective in helping children build confidence and become more outgoing regardless of their challenges and surroundings. “A confident child displays a belief in his or her own abilities,” advises Maureen Healy in Psychology Today. “Children develop as a complex interplay between their internal and external environment … and naturally look up to their parents for guidance, feeling good and learning how to behave and believe in this world.” Research at the University of Washington indicates many children’s self-esteem is well in place by age 5, and self-confidence developed by that age (or the lack thereof) tends to last a lifetime. “Self-esteem appears to play a critical role in how children form various social identities,” reports study author Dario Cvencek. “Our findings underscore the importance of the first five years as a foundation for life.” How can parents encourage confidence in their kids? Consider the following tips. Talk up your child to others. Look for opportunities to mention to others (within your child’s hearing) how wonderful he/she is. Point to specific personality traits and achievements that are admirable. Avoid complaining about them or making negative comments...

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