Does Your Child Need A Little Extra Confidence?

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Most of us know just how difficult it can be to find your confidence. After all, it's something that most of us struggle with on a daily basis. Which only serves to highlight how much harder that is when you're a kid. When you're a kid, the world is a big and scary place and you're only just starting to figure out your place in it. This can make it feel near impossible to bring up your confidence or self-esteem. It can be just as hard to be a parent watching your child go through that but you don't have to let them struggle with it alone. Here are just a few things that you can do to help your child develop a little extra confidence.


Give them some extra independence


It can be tempting to try and protect your child at every opportunity. And of course, you're going to want to do that, after all, they're your child and taking care of them is your job. However, you need to make sure that you're not smothering them. If you try to protect your child from everything and never let them have any real independence, then you run the risk of making them feel afraid of just about everything. Let them do things for themselves and show them that you trust them. That way they'll feel much more confident when it comes to taking control of their own lives.


Focus on positive reinforcement


One of the most important things to remember is that it's not always your job as a parent to say no to things. Again, this often comes from a place of wanting to protect your child but if you're only ever telling them what they can't do, then they're going to end up feeling unable to do anything. The key is to make sure that you're putting just as much effort into telling them what they can do and positively reinforcing the things that they're doing. This isn't always easy but it really can make a huge difference to how positive your child feels about their actions.


Encourage them to find a hobby


One of the very best ways to help a child feel more confident is to give them something to focus their energy onto. If your child doesn't have something like that, they can end up feeling directionless and as though they're not good at anything. Whether it's buying them a computer or typewriter if they love to write stories or poems, or maybe buying them some sports equipment or signing them up for swimming lessons if they're really active, finding something that your child enjoys and encouraging it is one of the best ways to build up their confidence. Not only that but it can help them develop really important skills that they could end up using throughout their life.



Of course, it's important to remember that your primary job when it comes to helping your child become more confident is to support them. You should make sure that you're not pushing them too hard to do one thing over anything else. Otherwise, you're almost certainly going to end up having the complete opposite effect that you were hoping for.






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