It’s painful to see your children struggling with self-confidence issues.
They may shy away from challenges or lack courage, and you may be concerned about how they’re maturing.
Parents often tell me they worry about how their children’s lack of confidence will affect their future.
There are many things you can do as a parent to help develop self-assurance in your children.
Read this article to discover 15 practical tips you can implement today.
1. Give them responsibilities
Give your children responsibilities, such as helping you cook dinner or taking care of a younger sibling.
When your children fulfil their responsibilities, they experience an increase in self-worth, which boosts their confidence.
Dr Marty Rossman conducted research to support this theory. He found that children who help out with household chores do better in school, and that they’re also more empathic and caring.
Children feel good when they’re contributing to the family and have an important role to play. They feel needed as an integral part of the family.
You can foster self-confidence in your children by giving them responsibilities. Give your children tasks to take care of regularly so they become dependable and conscientious.
2. Share your own struggles with them
It’s important that your children understand that no one is perfect.
Share your difficulties with your children so they can see that it’s normal to face challenges.
Telling your children about problems you have at work or with various friendships is educational. Your children will begin to realise that it’s OK to be vulnerable and to have problems.
Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, says: “Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the magic sauce.”
Your children will gain confidence when they hear about your troubles, and about what you’re doing to overcome them.
They’ll start to accept challenges as normal and realise that nothing worth doing comes easily. [Read more…]