How To Build Your Children's Confidence

Teach Your Children To Be More Assertive, Self Assured And Courageous

We all want our children to have the best start in life so they can grow up and have a wonderful and amazing life and installing them with unstoppable self beleif and self confidence is the ultimate gift that you can give any child.

Because, there are many positive benefits for helping your children to build or maintain their confidence.

Probably the biggest reasons are:

Confidence is a life skill and it is the one single thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful people.

When a child has an abundance of natural self confidence it means they are in a calm and feel good state and if they are in a calm and feel good state, they will be free of all those self destructive negative emotions.

Another benefit of a happy and confident child is. If you're children are confident and happy then you will be much happier, content and at peace.

This will allow you to relax and enjoy your life knowing that you're child has the foundations to go onto enjoy a wonderful and happy, successful life.

Because, a confident child. Who is a free spirit will grow up to be a happy and more successful child who will be better eqipped to handle and overcome any challenges and obstacles that life throws at them.

Before you set about helping to build your childrens confidence. 

You may want to mull over this questions.

Should we be helping our children build their self confidence or should we be allowing our children to teach us a lesson or two, about how to be  self confident?

Because we sometimes have to ask ourselves. 

Who are the best teachers, us or the very young children?

Of course this depends on how hold your children are.

But think about this for a minute or two?

All children are born with high levels of self esteem and they all have a desire for freedom and a sense of fun, enjoyment and an ability to take on any challenge and overcome it.

Young childen, have no hate, malice. They also have no prejudices to others.

This allows them the freedom to all get along great, with each other.

Have you ever observed a group of young children playing together with each other?

If you stop to watch them you will notice the one thing that you will quickly notice is:

They already have an abundance of self confidence and self belief.

Because when you observe the young children you will notice that they all interact and play together with each other, even if they hardly know each other.

They don't worry about what to say or whether what they say is worth saying. The interact and play together without any worries, insecurities or fears.

They are not afraid of being rejected, they are not self conscious and they are not worried about how they are coming across nor do they try and anticipate what might go wrong all the time.

They just, be themselves and live in the moment. Without trying to impress each other or without trying to live up too their ego's.

They don't even care too much about:

  • What they look like, 
  • What cloths they're wearing 
  • What hairstyles they have
Niether do they worry too much about the opinion of others or what others think about them. They just live life for the moment.

It is not until they start too get a bit older. Do they start develop an ego and they become more insecure, self aware and self conscious, do they start to lose their self confidence.

This is the age where fashion starts to matter, how they look starts to matter and they become more sensitive to what other people say or think.

Some start to get bullied, embarrassed, humiltated, shamed or teased which cause them to feel more insecure and withdrawn.

As the social pressures start too mount and they begin to lose their freedom. They begin to lose their natural ability to live in the now and their ego starts to smoother and suffocate their natural authentic self.

With this in mind and depending on how old your children are.

It might be a case of just guiding the very young children not to fall into the trap that most of us parents fell into.

Because. All young children care about is having fun, more fun and even more fun. 

A young child can easily enter a room full of other young childen without any social fears, doubts, insecurities or worries.

Because all they have on their minds is to have fun and enjoyment.

Yet many adults need a drink or two to socialize and mix, because they are crippled with fear and anxiety and they have lost their natural self confidence.

Adults think about the worst case scenario all the time whilst young children live in the moment.

Ironically, it is not to we get a lot older do we start to care less and we begin to lose our inhibitions again.

I think we should all be a bit more like were when we very young children or how we will be when we get into our later years.

Teaching your children to sit and stand with poise and ease

Young children also move, sit and stand with a natural tension free poise, grace and balance and all children up until the age of about three years old have good poise. alignment and balance.

Yet as they get older they can tend to develop many bad postural tension habits which can affect their mood and their self confidnece. 

Especially as many of them spend so much time these days sitting down or looking down at electrical hand held devices.

There is more and more advice warning about the health and emotional negative affects of sitting down for too long or being inactive.

Keeping your children active and getting them more involved in sport and other physical activities will help keep them fit and flexible. 

Some of the more traditional activities such as reading are great way to broaden their mind and educate them.

Painting, art and taking part in other creative activities can really benefit your children in the long run.

Some children, will also tend to copy, mimic and pick up some of the bad postural habits of those around them.

For the well-being of your children it is important that they maintain their natural poises and balance as it can prevent many physical and emotional issues later on.

But be aware too avoid telling your children to stand or sit up straight as some teachers do as this can cause muscle tension and stiffness.

If your child is showing signs of being shy or timid. It may because they feel rejected or it could be a sign that your child is introverted.

If this is the case. Then try to avoid calling them shy your quiet as this will become their self image.

Shy and quiet children need a bit of extra support and encouragement. 

Try to make sure that you communicate with them as much as you can and encourage them to talk and speak up more.

Make sure you do not ignore them when you're in company and keep pushing them to join in with the converstation.

Shyness can also affect their posture and casue them to shrink in stature.

If your children are sitting poorly. Get them to watch the video below.



Make sure nobody takes away your childrens true powers

Young children already know they are worthy, valuable and good enough.

They say that we don't have to develop our true powers, talents, magic and creatviity, we have them taken away through society conditioning.

Therefore young children do not judge themselves nor do they see themselves as:

  • Unworthy
  • Not good enough
  • Not smart enough
  • Inappropriate
  • Not capable enough
  • They do not doubt themselves
  • They only know two fears, which are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling
  • They have bags of self belief and self enthusiasm
  • They focus on the now
  • They have no insecurities
All of which are the perfect ingredients for high levels of self confidence

So you have to ask yourself the question.

Do very young children need to be taught how to be self confident and self assured or is it something they lose as they enter our grown up way of living, thinking and being?

Another thing is:

Young children do not like being told what to do niether do they appreciate being told that they are inappropriate or they're not smart enough, capable enough or good enough or anything else negative or self limiting.

Because young children have a care free attitutude and they all have a deep and powerful knowing and understanding that they are already:

  • Valuable
  • Smart enough 
  • Worthy enough
  • Good enough 
  • Capable enough
  • Free
Therefore, instead of just helping build your children's confidence it is as equally as important to make sure that you, society or anybody else, doesn't take away their natural born confidence, freedom and high levels of self esteem. 

Children need to be encouraged, they need to learn and be educated, but they do not need changing or made to think they need to improve.

Because very young children are perfect the way, they are born perfect and fully eqipped and they are and they need to be kept that way.

Because, these days society programming, conditioning and standards are restricting their freedom, their abilities as well as robbing them of their creativity, self esteem and self worth.

So if you want to help your children build their self confidence:

  • Encourage them 
  • Let them be themselves
  • Let them daydream and create their future
  • Let them follow their desires
  • Support them
  • Praise them
  • Acknowledge their self worth and self value
  • Show them plenty of love and appreciation
  • Make them feel special
  • Allow them to express themselves
  • Applaud them when it is justified
  • Point them in a positive direction
  • Listen and try to understand them
  • Be proud of them
  • Learn them to love and appreciate themselves
Sometimes as parents we can try too hold them back, mould them into us or what we perceive they should be or force our beliefs onto them or over control them. 

If we are not careful we can also pass on our own fears, worries, limiting beliefs and insecurities, just like our parents may have done to us.

In a way, we as parents should learn the lessons from our children.

Try not to criticise them or put them down.

Although it is important to encourage them to have a laugh and a joke.

Be careful what you say to your children because one persons teasing can be another persons bullying.

Encourage your children to like themselves, unconditionally

“When children are treated with acceptance, they develop self acceptance.” 

- Stephanie Matson 

Teaching your children the art of acceptance, is one of the best life skills that you can give to them.

As your children grow up and then move into their teen years. They can become more and more self aware and body conscious about themselves.

If they do not accept and appreciate themselves for whom they are. Then they will be heading for a life of emotional trauma, low self esteem, low self worth and stress

It is also adviceble to teach your children how to be calm and assertive. So they can face and overcome the many challenges that lay ahead of them.

These days children face more and more pressure at home and when they're at school.

With all the bombardment of celebrities and glamor model images and picture that seem to be everywhere you look and all the pressure put on children to look good.

Then it is no wonder many chlidren and teenagers have thoughts of insecuirity and body image issues.

Encourage your children to eat healthily and keep fit and active but also remind them how great they look.

Children should also be allowed to express the thoughts and opinions. They should also be allowed to stand up for their rights, in a calm but assertive mannner.

When were talking about teaching your children to be assertive. This does not mean making them boastful, offensive or arrogant.

It is all about helping them to face their fears and handling challenging situations with a calm and assertive energy.  

As long as you know your child is safe. Then they need to be encouraged to stand up for their rights when it is called for.

Let them know that no one has the right to:

  • Make them feel guilty 
  • Physically or verbally abuse them
  • Treat them bad
  • Be nasty to them
  • Make them look foolish
For the sake of your childs well-being. You should talk and listen to them and offer them help and encouragement if they need it.

Encourage them to be decisive and teach them about decision making.

If they have a worry or issue. Never tell them to stop being silly or you have not got time to sit down and listen or talk to them.

If your child suddenly changes their mind, do not get angry with them as they have the same rights as adults.

When things go wrong. Try not to rush in and start shouting or blaming them for what they have done wrong. Try to come up with a more diplomatic solution.

Try not to argue in front of your children. Because if there are relationship issues or even separations.

Very often the children will blame themselves, even if it is not their fault.

There is a lot of pressure put on children to learn, study and know everything, especially at school or even by some parents.

And although education is important. Children need to be encouraged to learn and study without any pressure put on them.

Children should not be judged by their ability to obtain certain grades.

Yes, everybody wants their children to get good grades.

But these days, there is way to much pressure put on children to get high grades.

Again, learning can and should be made fun. Ironically, without all the stress and worry. 

Your children will have a much better chances of passing their exams.
 
A child does not know or understand everything.

Therfore. Try not to judge or mold your children by your standards or beliefs.

There is nothing worse to destroy a childs self esteem than to make them feel that they're not smart enough or clever enough or to make them feel inferior to others.

I know of many adults who will say that their think or stupid, and they actually believe it, so they bother to try and self educate themselves or learn.

This is often a result of being told that they were stupid, when they were a young child.

You cannot judge a child totally, by their ability to memorize facts and information.

Some children might have more creative abilties than academic ones. If this is the case then they should be encouraged to make the most of their creative talents.

If your child does not know something. Encourage them to do some researching into the subject.

Learning them to be appreciative and thankful will also do wonders for your children.

Get them to be thankful or grateful for five things every morning. Because when we are grateful we cannot be anxious or unhappy.

Let your children know, It is OK to make mistakes

Another important life lesson is to reassure them and let them know that it is OK to make a mistake or get things wrong.

If it happens. 

Let your child know that it is perfectly fine to make a mistake and teach them how to use their mistakes and failures to learn how to grow and do things better the next time.

A child who fears uncertainty or fears making a mistake will learn to play it safe which will severely limit the child.

Tell them that nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes at times.

If they get something wrong, learn them that it is not the end of the world and it is no big deal.

Let them know it is OK to get things wrong and it is OK if they do not understand something.

Encourage them to ask questions, speak up or research the answers about the things they don't understand or they things they get wrong.

Tell them it is better to try, even if they get it wrong rather than to remain quiet or not attempt something because they're worried about making a mistake or getting it wrong.

When they have to face a challenging situation.

Get them to ask themselves.

"What is the worst thing that can happen and when it is all over, I will be fine and everything will be OK"

Teach them to always face a challenging situation with a positive self statement such as:

  • I can do it
  • I can handle it
  • I can learn to
  • I have the ability to
  • It is easy for me to
  • Whatever happens I'll be OK
Learn them the importance of using positive and encouraging self talk.

Some children are better mixers than others, some are more outgoing, some maybe more popular and some have more freinds than other children.

Children can start to become sensitive and they can feel as if there is something wrong with them if they have fewer friends or if they are a little bit shy or introverted.

It can be a good idea to reasure your children that there is nothing wrong with having less friends than some of the other children or if they do not mix as well.

Try not to give them defining shy or quiet labels. If they are a bit shy or timid. 

Give them plenty of encouragement and spend a bit of extra time trying to get them to be more sociable and outgoing.

Let them know it is OK to be introverted as long as they're thinking, only good feeling thoughts.

It can be a good idea to reasure your children that there is nothing wrong with having less friends, otherwise they might grow up feeling inferior or feeling easily intimidated.

Let your children be themselves

It is important that your children know that it is best to just be themselves.

Tell them that they have not got to prove themselves to anybody niether do they have to try a be like others or pretend to be something that they're not.

Children should be told that it is OK to be themselves and that they should like themselves for who they are.

If they feel that they have to try and prove themselves to others or if they think that there is something wrong with them or they are not good enough.

Then this will start to erode their self confidence.

It can be a good idea to reasure your children that there is nothing wrong with having less friends, otherwise they might grow up feeling inferior or feeling easily intimidated.

Although it is fine to encourage your children to learn and be the best version of themselves.

Try not to push them too hard.

If you can make your child feel as if they have won.

Yet you still get them to do what you want, then it's a win, win situation.

Children respond much better to praise, rewards, positive outcomes and encouragement, than they do to harsh words or critisism, scare mongering and negativity.

Be careful not to use fear tactics to try and force your children to study or get high grades.

Although all babies are born with high levels of self esteem.

As they reach school years. They have to face many new challenges which can take them out of their comfort zone and the protection that was once offered by their parents.

Learning your children the art of social skills will give them huge advantages in their school years.

For some children. School can seem like a scary and challenging environment.

This is why it is important that they start school with as many social skills as possible.

Helping your children with their communication and social skills will help them tremendously with their self confidence.

Paving the way before they start school will help them to meet and mix with new children better and more easily.

Starting them in pre-school or getting them involved with play activities with other young children can be of a great benefit to young children's self confidence.

Have them practice reading out in front of others will help to prevent them developing any fears or anxieties and encourage them to ask questions or volunterer to answer questions.

Otherwise it is easy for a child to develop social anxieties.

Doing a bit of early role playing with you or other young children. 

Like learning them to initiate and sustain conversations.

Ask yourself.

What do you think would have helped you?

Then teach your child the social  skills that you felt you needed when you were growing up.

The more you can make them more outgoing or feel comfortable in all different types of social situations that they will have to face when they start school and advance through school, the better.

Another thing that you can help them with is to be a good listener.

If your child gets angry or frustrated when they are trying to learn new skills.

Tell them that getting angry won't help them.

Teach them to just take a pause, chillout and then try again when they are feeling more calmer.

Let them know that they will do things much better and much easier when they're feeling calm.

If you're child is struggling to master something new. Let them no that practice, persistence and repitition is the way forwards.

Another good skill to learn your children is to try and see the other person point of view.

Because although it is important for them to have their own opinions and points of view. Sometimes trying to workout a compromise is also a good solution, which keeps everybody happy.

Taking the pressure off your children

It is only natural for the parents to want the best for their children and to want them to excell at school and get a good career.

But, sometimes as parents we can put to much pressure on our children to live up to our high expectations or our beliefs, wants for our children and standards we set for ourselves.

What you have to becareful of is:

Some children can go through a large part of their life always wanting to please or make their parents feel proud of them or spending all the time trying to live up to the expectations and wishes of their parents.

The truth is. You should always feel proud of your children regardless of the path they choose or the way they decide to live their life. (Within reason)

Encourage them to strive to be the best and whatever career or life path, they choose to pursure.

Teach your children to master their mind, feelings and emotions

A young cjhilds mind is like an open book and young children absorb and believe just about anything that they are told.

Therefore it is of upmost importance to feed your children's mind with lots of positive, empowering beliefs and suggestions.

Regularly tell them: 

  • How great the are 
  • How special they are
  • How smart they are
  • How capable they are
  • And so on
Just fill their minds with lots of positivity and encouragement. Let them know that they bare capable of achieving anything that they want.

Let them know that if they say good or nice things about themselves then it will make them feel good.

Very few young children understand how their mind, feelings and emotions work.

This can lead to a life of emotional trauma, anxiety and suffering.

Because many children don't know how to creative problem solve or control their feelings and emotions.

Without the parents be aware of it. The child can end up stuck in a negative loop where they get nowhere as they play the same old negative thoughts and scenarios in their mind over and over again.

This can diminish and rob your child of their self confidence, happiness, self worth and self esteem.

Learning your children about their thoughts and feelings is the best gift that you can ever give them.

Let them know that everybody has bad feeling thoughts and good feeling thoughts. 

They need to know that the more they think about what makes them feel bad the longer they're going to feel bad.

Tell your child that there is always a better way of thinking and perceiving a situation.

Let them know that their negative thoughts are not their own thoughts, they are just random thoughts and they do not have to take any notice of them.

Teach your child to detach themselves from their negative or anxious thoughts

Tell them they do not have to take notice of all their bad feeling thoughts and they can learn to detach themselves from their negative thoughts and just let them pass right on by and then replace them with better feeling thoughts.

Teach them how to problem solve and encourage them to do some research to find a solution to their problem.

Getting them to too learn to accept themselves for who they are and learning to love and like themselves can prevent body conscious and self esteem issues.

Talk to your child and let them know they do not need to change, all they have to do is to make the best of who they are.

Another good skill that you can teach yourself is to be grateful, thankful and appreciative.

Both positive and negative thoughts can change your biology and your emotional state.

Using positive words and thoughts will empower your children and make them, feel better.

At some point, your children will experience their own challenges and problems.

Let your child know that it is perfectly normal to experience a range of negative thoughts and feelings and they should not try and avoid a situation, because it makes them feel uncomfortable.

Tell your child that to grow stronger and more powerful, you have to go through a bit of discomfort at times.

Say to your child. If you feel a bit uncomfortable.

Feel the feelings, and let them come and pass through them. They need to know that they are just feelings that will quickly disappear if they just embrace them and leave them alone.

Encourage your children to use their imagination positively and creatively.

Do not discourage them from daydreaming, positive day dreaming should be encouraged yet many teachers and parents tell them off for doing it.

This is beneficial in developing the child's creativity. They need to know that they can use their imagination to rehearse forthcoming challenging events or social situations going well.

Tell them to imagine they have already successfully done what they want to achieve and in their imagination, everything should always go well, this will make them more confident and they will handle the difficult situation better when the time comes around.

They also need teaching that when they misuse their imagination to see things going wrong it will make them feel bad and they can ignore their imagination if they want at times when it is making them feel bad. 

Creating a happy family environment

One of the first steps to building children's confidence is to create a happy and stable, loving family environment.

Children come into this world with a blank slate, they are capable of great things and they have unlimited potential and talents.

Children need plenty of encouragement to help them focus on their strengths and talent, but very often society knocks all that is good, out of our children.

Children also pick up and mimic their parents and sibling's behavior, beliefs and energy, therefore it is important to try and create a happy and loving environment.

If the child's parents are happy, positive and optimistic, and they are brought up in a calm and peaceful environment, then the child can pick up and match this positive and worry free energy.

Be careful about the beliefs that you give your children, as the wrong negative beliefs can have a negative impact on your child for the rest of their lives.

Lead by example:

Young children can be very demanding in their quest to get what they want.

Some parents will give into their children, just to keep them quiet or stop them from pressurising them.

The trouble is the more you keep giving into your children the more they will come to learn that all they have to do is to keep on demanding and playing up to get what they want.

If their demands are unreasonable, learn to say no and stick to your decision.

The better role model you are as a parent. The more it will rub off on your children.



Building their self esteem 

A child's self image and their self esteem levels, which are the backbone for their confidence are shaped by their their early childhood experiences.

Their self image is shaped by the beliefs they have learned and the perceptions they had installed into them in their formative years by their parents, teachers and society. 

This is why it is a good idea to fill your children with positive beliefs that are going to help and support them, because it is very easy to pass on our own outdated and limiting beliefs to our children.

When a child forms a negative and poor self image of themselves it can lead to low self esteem which can and probably will go on to lead to future times of suffering with anxiety, depression and self imposed limitations.

Get it right though in the early years and your children will almost certainly have a much better chance to go on to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Young children are totally dependent on their parents in the early years, they listen to, and absorb their parents every word.

At this stage of their development they need all the help, love and encouragement they can get, because a confident child equates to a happy, successful and outgoing child who will be able to handle and cope with life's challenges and pressures much better than a shy and under confident child.

Be cautious but not too over protective

Although your child's safety should come first, they need to know what's dangerous and what is not, because sometimes as parents we can be a little bit overprotective. 

There is a difference between being cautious and sensible and being over protective. Children need to learn to fend for themselves to a degree as long as there is no risk to the child safety, they should also be praised for being brave.

Children tend to model their parents behaviors and personalities, 

So if you are confident and happy in their presence, then this will rub off on them, they also pick up on their parents' worries, bad habits and fears so, try and be careful not to pass on your fears to your children.

Children mimic their parents, try and act confident and happy in front of them, try not to reveal any of your own insecurities and fears in their presence. 

For instance, if a mother screams at a spider the child will associate the spider with danger and inherit the fear of it, the same applies to any other fear.

When children are taught and encouraged to grow up to be a confident person who has an optimistic and positive mental attitude then they will go on to live a much more enjoyable and rewarding life. 

They will excel more in every area of their life, they will have the inner resources to handle all of life's challenges better which inevitably they will have to face along their way through their journey of life.

The under confident child and the confident child

A child who is shy and lacks confidence will turn out to be more introverted, they will find it harder to communicate, this can lead to becoming more self conscious of themselves. 

They may struggle to perform new tasks and avoid volunteering for some activities. The shy child will feel more insecure which can manifest itself into many fears and anxieties. 

Low confidence in children will cause them to have a lack of self belief in themselves, this can restrict them in many ways including, meeting and talking to the opposite sex, shying away from going for promotions at work. 

It can also cause them to play safe in life, they may lack social skills and only say what they have to in social gatherings, some shy teenagers will go on to use alcohol as a substitute for confidence. 

They can also fear being the center of attention which can lead to social anxiety related issues.

On the flip side the confident child will go on to enjoy all then splendors of life. Their self confidence in themselves will make them more bold, courageous and assertive, they will be more extrovert and out going, they will be more successful both career wise and socially. 

They will have better communication skills which is a huge advantage, confident children become confident adults, this will make them more positive and optimistic, they will mix better and find it easier to approach and interact with the opposite sex. 

They will perform better at every thing they do or attempt and generally they will be more successful in all departments, the confident child will go on to be the winner in life. 

A child who is confident will find it easier to try new things and make friends easier.

Limit your children on digital devices

These days, more and more children are living sedentary lives, spending a lot of time gaming or using electrical devices.

It is good idea to limit the amount of time you allow your children on computer gaming or electrical devices.

As this can cause them things like slouching and text neck, plus it is not good for your child to spend to much time sitting down.

If your child plays video gaming devices. 

Then, make sure they have plenty of breaks and make sure they drink enough water. Because it is very easy for a child to forget, as they get to engrossed in what they're doing.

Playing video games for long periods is not good for your child's health.

Because they are being constantly bombarded by action pact graphic images and sounds. 

What this means is.

The child's nervous system will respond to the sounds and moving images on the screen, with symptoms of stress and the constant release of adrenaline.

This is not a good combination, especially as the child is remaining still, so they are not even burning off that excess energy.

One way to take advanatage of technology is to get them a computer subliminal messaging software.

This can be put on whilst they're on their computers and because it is unobtrusive and they don't need to do anything it won't bother them.  

Encourage your children to engage more in outdoor and physical activities.

Reading, painting, art and taking part in other creative activities can really benefit your children in the long run.

Learn them not to care what to much about what other people say or think about them.

 It is also important to learn them how to take a joke and not to take themselves too serious, encourage them to be positive and optimistic. 

Building a child's confidence requires a combination of many different things, including the way they think, positive self talk and the actions they take.

Another thing to watchout if you have young boys is:

These days there is more and more explicit sexual content available on the internet.

Recently. I was listening to a doctor on the radio who was saying that she was getting more and more teenage boys coming to her with, erectile disfunctions.

According to the doctor.

When young boys watch these explicit, moving videos.

They can hardwire their brains and body to respond to the video's.

A normal teenager. Would naturally learn to respond to a girl, through the use of all of their senses.

  • Sight
  • Touch/feel
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Sound

The importance of positive self talk 

Your children need to be taught how to say positive and good  things about themselves, they need to know that when they are nice to themselves they will feel better and they will become more successful. 

Teach them that their thinking can play a huge part in how well they do things and what they become. 

Let them though that their brain listens and responds accordingly to everything they say, even if it is said in jest so they should only think or say good things about themselves. 

Get them to tell themselves things like, how awesome they are, how worthy and capable they are, how good, they are at the things they do, how great their future is going to be.

They also need guiding that when they say bad things about themselves or when they think about negative things it will make them feel bad, 

Get them into the habit of praising themselves and tell them to avoid criticizing themselves or being hard on themselves. Also encourage them to use their imagination in a fun and positive way.

Actions and activities

Although learning them to think positive and seeing themselves confident is an important confidence and self esteem boosting tool it is only part of it. 

Positive thinking should be backed up by taking actions, encourage them to join in activities and inform them they should never be afraid to attempt new challenges because taking positive action steps is fundamental for their personal growth. 

Getting them to take part in social activities is an excellent way to improve their social skills and development. 

They need to know that if they feel a bit nervous or anxious that's OK, so they should still go ahead and do the things they want, because we all learn from and we are all affected from our experiences both good and bad. 

This is why they should be made aware, that it is better to try even if it does not go well the first time than it is not to try at all. 

Let them know it's alright to make a mistake or show themselves up, but it it not good to beat themselves up over a bad experience after it has happened, learn them to let things go and to move on. 

Enrolling your child in acting and drama classes can be of great help because it will prevent them becoming afraid of being in the spotlight. 

It will also make them better communicators and help them to be more confident speaking in front of a group of people. Joining a martial arts class can also do wonders for their self confidence.

Adapting to school life can be a big step for children 

Listen to their fears and concerns and talk to them, always be understanding and give them plenty of advice and support, no matter how trivial their problems may seem to you, because what seems trivial to an adult may go on to be a major ordeal to child.

Some of the key time in children's lives is when they leave their parents for the first time and start primary school, starting secondary school and starting employment for the first time. 

It can be a good idea to start them off at nursery school as soon as possible to learn them how to interact with other children, it will also get them used to being separated from being too dependent on their parents.

Starting primary school can be a traumatic time for some children, they are thrust from the security of their mother into a whole new and sometimes scary environment. 

So the more help and support you can give them the better, this is a time when children's self-confidence is of utmost importance.

Changing and moving to secondary school can also be daunting for some children, especially if they are shy or young for the year, they have gone from being settled at primary school and are the oldest in their year with many friends only to have to start again from scratch. 

They go back to being the youngest in the school and they have to mix with some children who have almost reached adolescence  The maturity and physical gap between year 6 and year 11 is enormous. 

According to research it is best not to be too pushy by involving them in too many activities like swimming, dancing, sports etc. 

Because although it is important to learn them to swim and take part in sports some experts believe that overdoing the amount of activities and not spending enough time interacting and playing with other children can stifle children's confidence, imagination and independence. 

Correct your children but do not criticize them 

Try not to criticize your child, this does not mean being firm with them when necessary, but it is much more beneficial to correct your child rather than overly criticize them. 

Children can be very sensitive and can absorb all the criticism, also parents need to lead by example and avoid being self-critical of themselves in front of their children.

When an adult is towering over a child and criticizing or continually shouting at them it can be daunting and frightening to that child, to a young child it can seem like facing an angry giant. 

Also try not to shame or embarrass them in front of others or put them down as this can dent their confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes just because we are having a bad day we tend to take it out on are children.

Talk to them about their problems then they will start to listen and sometimes they are crying out for help and guidance, but they can feel embarrassed or they do not know how to ask for help and they feel that their issues are silly. 

It is all too easy to become frustrated with your child because they are not living up to your expectations or they are having difficulties learning. 

Having patients and giving your children some love whilst at the same time finding time to show some interest with their hobbies can be a great way of bonding, and children love to feel wanted. 

If you have more than one child try not to show any favoritism or pay too much attention to one more than the others, many a times the older child can feel neglected and unwanted when all the attention is put on to the younger child.

Allow some time with your kids because they don't understand if you feel tired, try and be patient with them because their world is different to ours. 

Encourage your children to join in with the conversation, especially when in the company of other adults otherwise they can easily feel left out of things.

Why children can Lose their confidence

Children lose their confidence through a numerous of reasons, this can be from low self-esteem because they may have been teased for how they look, being bullied, embarrassed, shown up, or isolated at school or by their friends. 

Low confidence in children can be from a lack of support and help in their early years or from  constant criticism and being put down. One of the biggest fears stems from public humiliation or rejection.

The pressures sometimes thrust on children to pass exams can cause unneeded anxiety and stress, rejection and not feeling loved or belonging to close network of friends can also take its toll on them. Being teased mercilessly by older brothers, sisters or other children can lower their confidence. 

Feeling they are not worthy or good enough can lower their self esteem, if they believe something is wrong with their bodies or looks this can chip away at the confidence levels. 

To build children's self-confidence it is important to teach them the right thinking skills.




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