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5 Essential Steps to Build Your Child’s Confidence

January 27, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC

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We all want the best for our children, which includes positive self-esteem and confidence. When children see themselves in a positive light and feel good about their abilities, they are more prepared for situations they’ll face in the real world. The conversations and early interactions you have with kids help foster their confidence. If your child is confident, he’s more likely to be assertive, positive, engaged, enthusiastic and persistent. While each child is different, here are some things you can do to help:

1.) Give Praise and Encouragement
Use praise and encouragement to boost your child’s self-esteem. By praising your child’s efforts, you encourage them to try hard in the future. You can also use encouragement to help your child do an activity or behavior that they may be avoiding. Click here for more tips.

2.) Teach Resilience
Although we wish that life could always be easy on our kids, sometimes it’s not. Have conversations with your children that foster and teach resilience to prepare them for the challenges they will face throughout life. Learn how to teach resilience.

3.) Focus on Effort vs. Outcomes
People that are able to bounce back from tough times, focus on the effort they put into something, rather than the outcome (whether it’s success or failure). By changing your child’s focus to effort, you help build their confidence, especially in teenagers. Read on here.

4.) Encourage Healthy Relationships and Friendships
How much do you know about your child’s friendships? Building healthy relationships is an important part of growing up. Having friends is good for children’s self-esteem, wellbeing and ability to get along with others. Get answers to common questions about kids’ friendship skills.

5.) Take time to Listen
Are you a good listener? Like so many skills, you get better with practice. Stopping what you are doing and listening to your child will not only improve your bond with them, but it will help them form healthy relationships and build self-esteem. Learn the basics here.

Related blogs: 
Connecting with Your Preschooler: Building Self-Esteem

Recommended resources:
HealthLink BC: Growth and Development: Helping Your Child Build Self-Esteem 
HealthLink BC: Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength 
HealthLink BC: Building Resilience 

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