In order to find success in life, whether in relationships, at school, or work, or with personal endeavours, confidence will be a key component. Without it, we won’t want to try new things or take risks, and we will struggle to face challenges such as exams, job interviews, or meeting new people. With that said, most parents are keen to raise a confident child. But how can this be done? I have teamed up with an independent school in Surrey to offer some advice.
Whether a Key Stage 1 children or key stage 2, start by allowing your child to have some freedom from time to time. This doesn’t mean letting them roam the streets at night, it’s more about letting them become more independent when faced with new challenges. If they feel like they always have you hanging around in the background when they’re attempting to make their own choices or behave in a certain way, they will never develop the confidence required to go it alone when you’re not there. It can be tough for parents to witness their kids become less reliant on them as they age, but it’s a crucial stage in their overall development.
You can help your child feel more independent, and therefore more confident, by giving them some responsibilities around the house. This can be as simple as setting the table every night before dinner, walking the dog or keeping their bedroom neat and tidy without your help. Once they start to see that they can do things on their own, they will become more confident in their abilities and will be able to start taking on slightly more challenging tasks.
Try and refrain from reprimanding your child if they make mistakes. Equally, you should refrain from praising them too regularly that it loses its meaning. If you see them trying hard at school or successfully completing a task at home, then let them know that you are proud of their efforts. If they don’t get the grades they were hoping for, instead of being angry with them, let them know that you still love and support them and will help them improve for next time. The trick is to help them learn that life doesn’t always go to plan but we shouldn’t allow it to knock our confidence.
It might be worth speaking to your child’s teachers if you are truly concerned about a lack of confidence. Both parties can work together to help lift your child’s spirits and encourage them to take part in activities that they’re good at in order to boost their self-esteem. Teachers are usually thrilled to hear from parents and will be happy to help reach the common goal of enabling students to grow into confident, happy, successful individuals.
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