Mama Life - Collaborative Post
Confidence is an important trait that allows individuals to have faith in their abilities and try new things, without the fear of failing or disappointing others. It’s one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child, which involves plenty of encouragement and support. I have teamed up with a prep school in London to offer some tips for parents who are looking for ways to help their child become more confident.
Always show your child that you appreciate their effort, no matter the end result. For instance, if they have tried hard on a school project but don’t get the grade they were hoping for, let them know you are proud of them for trying their best and remind them that there’s always a next time. Young people rarely think about the destination; it’s all about the journey. With that said, help them know that the effort they put in is always the most important thing. They should never feel embarrassed for trying, even if they do not succeed. After all, consistently striving typically builds more confidence than sporadically doing well.
You should also encourage your child to pursue their interests and build competence in a range of skills but do so in a way that doesn’t put them under too much pressure. The trick is to promote a “practise makes perfect” mindset. What’s more, by encouraging your child to engage in certain hobbies, you give them an opportunity to experience new things and build new relationships, in addition to the skills they develop along the way.
Avoid being critical of your child and let them act their age. Allowing them to believe that they are only good enough when they behave like adults is unrealistic and will discourage their efforts and reduce their confidence. Give them age-appropriate tasks to complete around the home and allow them to ask questions, even if they seem silly. The idea is to help your child feel validated.