Updated: Jul 14, 2020
Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child. It plays a part in future happiness, health, and success. As children get older, it becomes key for them to thrive. They need to trust in their capabilities. At ED TREE we focus on nurturing confidence inside and outside the classroom by equipping them with the right tools to develop their confidence.
Here are our 10 ways to increase confidence:
1. Be a role model and model confidence
Children look up to their parents as role models. They pick up on a variety of actions, as a parent, if the right examples and foundations are set, it becomes easier for them to follow suit.
2. Encourage your child to practice
It's true, practice makes perfect! If your child is finding Maths difficult, encouragement is needed for them to practise to build up their confidence. This point goes hand in hand with our next tip...
3. Appreciate your child’s effort
The plain fact that your child is trying, is something that needs to be appreciated. It is easier for children and adults to give up when coming across difficulty. As a parent, you must recognise your child’s efforts and never allow them to feel embarrassed or silly for trying.
It is easy to forget that showing appreciation can make your child feel good and more confident in their day to day activities.
4. Use positive talk
It is not rare to see children and adults often engage in negative chatter with themselves: “I can’t do this,” or, “I’m terrible at __________,” or, “What is wrong with me?”
Model and teach children positive affirmations to promote a growth mindset!
It is easy to put your child down if they make a mistake, however, instead of picking up on the fact that they made a mistake, you should focus on the positives and what you have learnt instead!
5. Treat mistakes as building blocks for learning
Learning from mistakes builds confidence. As a parent, you have to treat a mistake as an opportunity to grow! Don’t be overprotective of your child. Allow them to mess up now and then, and help them understand how they can better approach the task next time.
6. Applaud your child’s courage to try something new
For some children, curiosity leads them to new opportunities. For others, it is difficult to make the leap to try something new as they are comfortable with what they know. If your child is trying something new it is important to positively respond to their act of courage. Positive reinforcement can make a huge difference for children, especially when coming from their parents.
7. Praise your child’s perseverance
Learning not to give up at the first frustration or bail after one setback is an important life skill. Confidence and self-esteem are not about succeeding at everything all the time. Confidence is about being resilient enough to keep trying, and not become distressed if you’re not the best.
8. Help your child find a passion
Exploring interests can help children develop a sense of identity, which is essential to building confidence. Of course, seeing their talents grow will also give a boost to their self-esteem.
9. Help your child overcome the fear of failure.
The fear of failure often prevents children from trying their best and reaching their fullest potential, which can naturally diminish confidence.
You can help your child overcome the fear of failure by teaching them that mistakes are a perfectly acceptable part of life and that people rarely achieve success without challenges and setbacks.
10. Do not use sarcasm with your child
Never belittle your child's feelings. If you get angry take a short break so you don't say anything you'll regret. Keep in mind, you can dislike a child's actions without disliking the child. Be sure to illustrate the difference to your child.
ED TREE is a unique, personalised learning experience for students aged 7 to 16. We help our students with Maths, English and Science studies by providing a specialised learning path using our resources.
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