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
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.