True confidence starts at a young age, and as parents, we’re the ones that can help kids build that foundation, so they’ll grow up to be successful, because we know that people with healthy confidence and self-esteem will always have an advantage over those who doubt themselves. In the end, they’ll have what it takes to tackle on anything, make things happen, and inspire others.
8 Tips to Help Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem
From being their biggest cheerleader to teaching them to be their own biggest cheerleader, there are some ways to naturally help your child build her self confidence.
Confidence Begins With You
Say that you’re having weight issues. Instead of whining about how much weight you’ve gained in front of them, talk about how dieting will put you back on track and how making better eating choices is a great next step. Lead by example and show your kids that every problem has a solution.
Let Them Do Things for Themselves
We want to help our kids out when they’re having issues with their homework, which could lead us to finish it for them, instead of teaching them how to do it. It’s like the old adage goes, “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”
While not praising enough can be detrimental to their self-esteem, overpraising our kids can lead to self-esteem issues if you call them perfect and amazing and they fail. It’s important to recognize events that truly deserve praise, but praising for the everyday things leads to false expectations for them in the future. When they are in a situation where someone is not giving them praise for the things they should be doing everyday, your child will be crushed. Suddenly they won’t feel quite so great.
Let Them Take Healthy Risks
Healthy risks, like exploring a new creative outlet through art or theater, or taking up a sport, are okay as long as the risky behavior doesn’t include texting while driving or drinking, then your kids will be just fine. Let them make their own choices and be there to guide them, or protect them should they ask for help. Being a passive presence isn’t easy, but you need to let them take control every now and then, and see where their choices lead them.
Encourage Them To Follow Their Dreams
You might have wanted your kids to pursue other interests like science, but maybe they’d like to try a career in the music industry or acting. Don’t discourage their dream, encourage it and give them the freedom to explore the endless possibilities. Who knows? You might have the next American Idol star in your own home.
Kids are like a sponge and if what they see is a Debbie Downer at home, then you can’t expect kids to have a positive attitude. It’s not to say that you have to fake it constantly, of course, but if you embody positivity in your life, your child will embrace those qualities too. Monkey sees, monkey does, right?
Say No To Labels
If your kid has Diabetes, Asthma, or a disability, it’s easy for parents to teach them to cling to labels that identify them with their condition. But your kids are so much more than “the diabetic kid”. So avoid putting labels on your kids that focus on their physical ailments altogether and call them by their name.
Give Your Kids A Choice
Your kids will need to find ways to make their own choices. So, you should make sure your child knows that he or she has many options to change their lives for the better. They just have to look for solutions from within. This will lead them to think independently and achieve a happy life.
One of the best things you can do for your children is to help build their self confidence. With armed with self esteem, our children will grow up and be able to accomplish nearly anything. Start with using these 8 tips to build your child’s self esteem and watch them thrive.