Why is building confidence in children important?
Building confidence at an early age could make children feel better about themselves. Think about yourself – when you lack confidence how do you feel? You can be depressed, lazy, and settle for mediocre. Now, think about how you feel when your confidence is high – how do you feel? You probably feel motivated and fearless – even eager to ask for help if you need it because you’re excited about your life and want to continue advancing forward. Confidence goes hand in hand with making good decisions. When a child has confidence, they can maintain a growth mindset, finding solutions rather than seeing the problems. They are also more likely to take responsibility for their actions – the good and the bad. Mindfulness and a positive mindset help to build your confidence, too.
Tips to teach confidence to children
Building confidence can be tricky, you don’t want your child to become arrogant! So, by modeling this trait, discussing this trait, allowing failure and learning from the lesson is part of self-esteem.
Ask your child to look in a mirror. Ask them who do they see? Is this a confident child? How can you help build confidence? Download these free printouts:
Self talk in the mirror
Nightly affirmations for kids
Journaling or writing prompts for children
Teaching Our Children To Be Responsible
In this daily changing world we're all living in, I can only hope that we continue to teach our children the importance of values. Plus, now that the school year has been completed, the above suggestions may help! The old cliche' "it takes a village" is so very true. Our children are watching what goes on around us, they are listening to the conversations that occur, and they are probably as confused as I AM! Daily schedules, routines and 'normalcy' have all changed drastically this past year. None the less, as an adult, I feel it's our responsibility to continue to teach our children these vital core values. Responsible Rabbit is one of the nine Characters of Character which offers activities to engage a child in and lesson on what it means to be responsible. One of which is wearing a mask. Discuss with your children what your expectations are around this topic. Use the template below to help reinforce this.
Above are some good tips to help teach your child to be responsible. I myself am a big fan of gratitude as it has the power to change your mindset. When you find gratitude in the daily walk of life, you can change your mindset! Here is a template to help teach responsibility with Responsible Rabbit and to discuss what gratitude means with your children. You'll be amazed!
Click here for a template to make a paper bag puppet of Responsible Rabbit
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Ones mental health is as important as a healthy body. Yet, many find it a challenge to address their mental health or learn how you can improve upon it. Better yet, so many of us don't consider our own well and for me, a mindset as being mental health.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
I am not qualified to suggest any type of treatment for anxiety, stress, depression, etc. But, what I do know for myself is that by keeping a positive mindset helps me to keep my mind focused, set on a goal and brings me peace through out the day.
What do I do:
I love to write, paint and draw.
I love talking with my family and friends.
I love working on ways that I can add value to the world with my characters and their important messages.
I have learned to love to work in a journal.
I love playing games with my family, it's a whole new level when they're adults!
I love to bake and sometimes cook, although, I'm not good at it!
I love walking in nature, although I don't do it often enough.
I love to garden, but not the weeds or bugs.
Think of things that bring you great joy, things that make your heart dance! When you're in a good frame of mind, it shows, your conversations are much livelier, those around you notice a difference and you should also notice a difference in your over all well being.
Building a nonprofit organization requires a lot of work, dedication and commitment. Not to mention that a person must believe in your work, have passion about your mission and be able to contribute to the team. Meet the Vice President of Characters of Character. Her integrity, her experiences, knowledge and passion to make the world a better place has earned Tina this role. Learn more about Tina Miller Smith here.
Each and everyone of us has a gift inside us which is why it's called a gift. You give it away, your conversation, your support, your knowledge, your laugh, your artistic ability, your attitude, your motivation, your charm, whatever your gift is, don't keep it, give it away. Make the world a better place, we need YOU!
Tina is a gift to me, she is encouraging, motivational, knowledgeable, a wonderful mentor, friend and I am so honored to have her on our Board of Directors as our Vice President. She introduced me to the John Maxwell Team, and as I'm not a coach, nor do I have a desire to be one, I am on the team for my own personal growth. For when we are filled with confidence, passion and are aware of our gifts, it's so easy to just give them away! She also introduced me to another group of like minded people through Empowered Living. This community of people have such a desire to add value to the world we live in.
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Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.