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How To Teach Kids Confidence
Times are rapidly changing and somehow it seems that children are growing up too fast. Nowadays, with all the technological advancements, millennials are growing up influenced by not only social but other media as well. The unrealistic portrayals of beauty standards in the media are only a part of the problem. Children are growing up insecure, self-conscious and full of self-doubt. Parents have an obligation to help their children overcome these obstacles and teach them how to become more self-confident and aware of themselves.
An Early Start
One thing that could make this process much easier is the fact that self-confidence can be thought from the first stages of a child’s life. The best solution is to start implementing healthy thoughts into the child’s life from the minute they are born. It is really important for children to grow up being positively influenced. The key is in practicing so-called attachment parenting which is a form of nurturing connection between a parent and his child. The goal is to provide constant loving care and to form a tight bond with children from an early age. This will result in raising strong, independent and secure children as they will never feel like they were deprived of love, attention or care while they were growing up.
Set a Good Example
When children are still quite young, they observe their environment and the people who surround them. Naturally, parents have a role of leaders in children’s lives; they are supposed to guide them and show them the right path. Children look up to their parents and wish to follow their steps. This is why it is important to set a good example and be a good role model, especially while children are still very young. This means nurturing healthy habits and working on your own self-confidence. Also, it is important not to cross the line, as it is a thin line between being confident and arrogant. Make sure to reflect only the best traits onto your children as that will surely contribute to their development.
Play With Your Children
Organize a Party
Another useful trick that could serve as a great confidence builder is organizing a kid’s party that will allow your child to be the center of attention. Theme parties always make a good choice. For instance, organizing a superhero party is a wonderful way to boost children’s confidence and make them feel like a superhero at least for a day. Children look up to their favorite characters, admire their strength, bravery, and fearlessness and always try to identify themselves with their heroes. Allowing them to become superheroes for one day can greatly contribute to their self-esteem and make them courageous and daring just like their idols.
No child is born impeccable with high self-confidence and great personality traits. These things are thought from an early start. They are also mimicked and learned in different stages in life. What is important is for children to learn to praise their good qualities and to refine their talents. It is crucial for them to learn that self-worth is something that is gained through a lot of hard work and that people should always strive to be the best possible versions of themselves. But just like that, they should know that they should never compare themselves with others, as every child is different and every child has a set of wonderful traits that makes them unique and special.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate in writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”