A child’s self-confidence is a complicated matter, regardless of what grade they’re in or how well they do in school. We know intelligence is not static - learning potential isn’t a fixed trait that a child is either born with or can never improve. We also know self-confidence works similarly.
To build self-confidence, think psychologically. Believe the mind is malleable. Talent is a nice idea, but proves harmful when it negates hard work. If you change how you talk about intelligence (and other good qualities), you’ll change your child’s perception of their abilities.
How to Build a Child’s Self-Confidence
1. Reward Effort
Our natural instinct when a child does well is to put the A+ on our refrigerator. But how often do we praise qualities like effort and hard work? Praise your child equally when something doesn’t come easily to them and they persist. They’ll believe it doesn’t matter how difficult a problem is because ...
2. Reinforce ‘Smart’
… they’re smart enough to solve it, no matter how long it takes. Language is powerful. If a child believes they’re smart, they will behave like a smart person. They will change their actions to accommodate this belief.
3. Support Perseverance
Social cues contribute to whether a child feels they’re good or bad at something. If they’re told they’re great at a skill, they will work harder at it instead of never trying. Teach them the merit in facing a challenge with determination.
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Date: Wednesday, August 23