Sometimes children are complex or they have certain personality traits that cause them to not feel good about themselves. My eldest is quite anxious and nervous regarding certain things and I have worked with him to help reduce that anxiety. Here are some things you might want to try with a child who does not feel confident to help boast their self-esteem.
The most important tip to help boast a child’s confidence is to help them feel good about themselves. You can do this by giving your child positive praise because it is focusing on the good things that the child has done. The child themselves might not see the good so it is important to praise them for when they have done something noteworthy. You need to keep praising your child as this will help them gain that confidence to know that what they are doing is good and it is getting the praise it deserves.
Allow your child to try it out and learn for himself
Sometimes the best way to help a child learn is to allow the child a safe place to explore and learn for themselves. Let them do something without your help to see what works and what doesn’t. This is a great learning tool and I think one the best ways to get a child to learn. I know it is easy to instantly go in and help your child. However, allowing them to test it out themselves they get that first-hand experience and more likely to remember what happens. Also they can build their understanding on a subject by trial and error.
Encourage your child to do something even when the child protests. Sometimes they are scared to try something, which is why it is good to encourage them to do it and give it ago. You never know they may find out they like the thing they have tried, sometimes going out of your comfort zone can be scary at first however it can wonders for your self-esteem.
Ask for their opinion.
One the greatest ways to get an understanding of your child is asking for their opinion and listening to what they have to say. This helps build a strong relationship built on respect and understanding on both sides. It allows your child to feel appreciated and respecting and ultimately it will give them trust to know that there is a safe place to come to and be heard.
Make special time together.
A great way to give your child something special is having 1-2-1 time with a parent and doing something together that the child enjoys. You don’t have to be flash, it could simply be having a child read a story or letting them tell you something about what they have done that day. I think this is important that the child had dedicated time focusing on them to feel loved and appreciated. It is not always easy for the parent when so much is going on but even ten minutes of interrupted time together makes a massive difference for the child.
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