Children are the most precious gift we can receive in life. Therefore, it is paramount for every parent to invest as much time and effort into the upbringing of their children as possible. With the right instructions and positive role models, you can carefully guide your child towards achieving their maximum potential. However, don’t forget, the main goal is to provide the child with the tools necessary for their independent and responsible life, as well as social skills. We have prepared advice on how to successfully raise and help your child become a confident person.

Children who feel safe are more confident

Create an atmosphere of constant love and care. This means that you will need to spend as much time as you can, especially when they are babies and toddlers, holding them in your arms and talking to them. Give them all the attention in the world. Make sure that everything the child does, even the tiniest action like learning to walk, is met with praise and compliments. Also, react as soon as possible once your baby cries or demonstrates a need for something. Through the repetition of this kind of interaction, the child will feel more confident and develop a sense of importance within a caring home.

Organizing play dates

Children are active and social learners. This means that they interact with the environment, their parents and friends to form impressions and make their own sense of the world. Organize play dates where you can oversee them while they are having fun. Make a note of your child’s behavior. Organize fun parties with amazing themes. Make your kids birthday party the talk of the town, which will certainly place him on the coolest-kid-list at school. If you take your time with the organization and make sure that you always have the best kids’ party supplies, then your child’s self-esteem will soar.

Role models

Role models can help children develop model behavior. As a parent, you will be their first one, so make sure that you are always on your best behavior when the child is present. Make sure that you include your child in whatever you are doing to make them feel as a key part of your life. Children respond well to authority, which doesn’t mean that you need to have a firm hand when it comes to parenting; this means that you should always be responsible for your words and actions. The child will learn the importance of good behavior and will feel confident each time it takes responsibility for their actions. Here are some ways in which you can present yourself as a great role model.

Parenting- a form of guidance and counseling

As the child grows older it will start to experience change, be it physical or cognitive. Some changes will be met with frustration and some with joy; the important thing is that you as a parent are always there to offer advice and unconditional love. Mistakes and bad decisions will be a great part of the learning process. The key to turning a negative experience into useful practice is by pointing it out and offering praise and consolidation. Since children make mistakes, instead of saying: ”…but you could have done this differently”, try replacing “but” with “and”. If a child hears the word “but” too often they will feel less confident in his or her actions.

Create a strong bond of trust

This is one of the key characteristics of parenting that can boost your child’s confidence if performed appropriately. Start building trust at home by giving your child responsibilities. Responsibilities like chores are perfect for this. Each time your child performs a chore like tidying the room, throwing out the trash, or going to buy groceries, you should offer them praise. In this way, the child will have confidence in the actions it performs. Furthermore, it is not only the child who has to be trustworthy but the parent as well. Make sure that you never miss any big events in the child’s life like school plays, basketball tournaments, etc.

We can see that raising children to become confident adults is not that difficult. All it takes is unconditional love, affection, and the careful guidance by their parents.

About the author: Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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