Helping Your Child Become More Confident

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Confidence is something we all need to help us successfully navigate through many of life’s challenges, including exams, job interviews, and even many social experiences. With that said, it’s important for parents to help their children become more confident whilst they’re young, preparing them for adulthood. For those of you who are unsure how to do this, I have teamed up with a private school in the Cotswolds to provide you with the following tips. 

Firstly, it’s important to focus on the positives and provide an upbeat, optimistic home environment for your child. Try and praise your child regularly for their accomplishments, no matter how small. If you are too hard on your child when things don’t go to plan, you may damage their self-esteem. For instance, if you saw that your child studied really hard for an exam, but they end up with a low grade, concentrate on rewarding them for putting in the effort rather than reprimanding them for performing poorly. After all, as long as they are trying their best, that’s the best they can do. Remind them that you’re proud of them no matter what!

It’s a good idea to set your child small achievable goals on a regular basis so that they can experience a sense of accomplishment. This could be anything from finishing three novels a month to taking the dog for a walk every day for a week. Essentially, the trick is to show your child that they are capable of anything they set their mind too, which will help them become more confident in their abilities.

Another great way to help your child become more confident is to encourage them to experience new things and meet new people as frequently as possible. The idea behind this is to demonstrate to your child that some of the things that may seem fairly daunting to begin with are actually not that scary at all. A lack of confidence often stems from fear of the unknown, so try and take this apprehension away by showing your child how wonderful life can be. This will help them approach things with optimism and an open mind in the future. 

Encouraging your child to join an extra-curricular club of some sort, will allow them to develop new skills and make new friends. These newfound talents and a strong support system will contribute to your child’s self-esteem. However, if you’re truly worried about your child’s lack of confidence, don’t be afraid to contact their school. Explain to the teachers your concerns and they will be able to help you work on a shared goal.

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