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
After all, it’s not if you win or lose, but how you play the game. There is a lesson to be learned in our mistakes and it’s important to learn from them. Helping a child to be aware of this at an early age is beneficial as they grow. Instead of becoming disappointed or angry that something didn’t work out the way you wanted, look for the good, look for the positive, look for the lesson and you’ll do better the next time.
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? This is a free print out to help.
Attitude helps in so many ways. Self talk helps train the mind to focus on the good and learn from the bad. This is a free print out to help.
Journaling or writing things down gives a new perspective on things. This is a free print out to help.
Use this as a journal cover or sticker chart of Self-Esteem Elephant. This is a free print out.
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