It’s important for parents to try and find ways to help improve their child’s confidence. A confident child is one who’s comfortable in social situations, happy to take risks and solve problems independently, and at ease when engaging in classroom discussions. As a result, they are more likely to perform well both in and out of school. There are lots of things you can do to help your child become more confident, as this top London sixth form discusses below.
Praise and Compliments
Of course, you don’t want to overdo it, but praising your child and complimenting them where appropriate will go a long way in boosting their self-esteem. Let them know you’re proud of them when they demonstrate good behaviour or strong moral values, like kindness to others or working hard. When it comes to school, focus on their effort, rather than the end results. If you place a lot of emphasis on the value of good grades, your child’s confidence will take a big knock if they fail an exam. Instead, concentrate on praising them for trying their best and never giving up.
If your child has demonstrated a particular interest in something, encourage them to pursue it. Not only will this show them that they have your full support, it will also allow them to develop new skills – all contributing to increased confidence. Perhaps you could help them find an extra-curricular club that caters to their interests so that they can meet new people and overcome new obstacles. The more challenges they’re faced with at a young age, the more they will believe in themselves as they get older.
Set your child some achievable tasks to do around the house, like organising all of your books in alphabetic order, or setting the table at dinner. Give them some space to let them complete the task on their own, because this will help them with their independence. The more they feel that they don’t need to rely on other people to get them out of a sticky situation or help them complete a task, the more confident they will be.
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