Seeing the confidence overflow from your child is an amazing feeling. Confidence is such a great stepping stone to lead into other avenues of self-love such as happiness, trust, and high self-esteem. If your child has the ability to be confident in their day-to-day choices and in themselves, then that is absolutely wonderful and every parent’s dream and want for their child.
To be so certain of their choices and be comfortable with who they are each and every day is an aspect that many adults actually still struggle with. But what happens if your child seems to be lacking a bit in the confidence arena? As a parent, you may feel as though you’re helping to carry a bit of that burden as well, and that’s completely understandable. After taking the time to empathize with your little one, the next step to try is to show them how easy it can be to give their self-confidence a much-needed boost. Here are some simple ways to help boost your child’s self-confidence that any parent or guardian can do!
Simple Ways to Boost Your Child’s Confidence
- Let them choose their daily outfits. What better way to boost your child’s confidence then by letting them take over certain aspects of their life that they can make their own decisions on? Simple items such as choosing their daily outfit, or deciding that they want to have packed in the school lunch can go a really long way in helping their confidence of making their own choices and decisions.
- Ask their opinion on something that you are thinking about. No matter the age of your child, they want to feel as though they are a part of something. If you have a dilemma in your mind about whether or not to move forward with something, why not ask the opinion of your child. Open that line of communication with them and let them know that you are seeking their opinion on what they feel or what they would do in a certain situation. You’ll be amazed at how they may have some pretty great advice as well!
- Believe them when they tell you something. As parents, we sometimes question our children a little too much when it comes to “who broke what” or “what happened to the last cookie in the cookie jar” type questions. If your child tells you their side of the story and retells the events as they saw them unfold, believe them. There’s a difference in believing them and letting them tell you a little “white lie” and this line does need to be toed carefully. One suggested way of toeing that line is to ask them the question of concern, but then end that question with a statement along the lines of “I’m trusting you to tell me the truth in what happened.” That way, they know that you’re believing them, and having faith in them to tell you the truth, and that can then make them feel confident in giving you the factual details of the event in question.
- Praise them! Sometimes, all your child needs to hear is a few praises from you about something that they did. Anything, really! Working hard in a school all day isn’t easy, right? We’ve all been there…the classwork, the shuffle to and from one classroom to the next, the social issues that pop up through the day…it’s draining even thinking about it. Why not give your child praises after their long day of school? Relate to them, but make it about them in a positive way. Your child will love to hear that you are proud of them and the behavior that they’ve been modeling!
Think simple when it comes to finding ways to boost your child’s confidence. Even little tokens of appreciation and pride that you show for them will go a really long way. Try to find a way to give their confidence a boost each and every day, and you may be amazed at just how quickly you notice an increase in their overall confidence as well!