Wednesday, 16 September 2020

How to Raise a Confident Child

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Confidence is an attractive quality that can help a person achieve their goals, overcome challenges, and build meaningful relationships. With that said, what parent doesn’t want their child to grow up to be a confident individual? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help give your child little self-esteem boosts here and there, and also things you can avoid so that you don’t have the opposite effect. Here’s some advice from an independent pre-prep school in London.

Praise, Don’t Punish!

Of course, all children need to be punished when they have been naughty, but when it comes to things like a failed grade, don’t be too hard on them. Instead, praise them for trying their best and remind them that they can learn from their mistakes and improve next time. If you punish them for a poor grade, they will start to become self-conscious and might give up altogether.

Promote Independence

Try and give your child some space to learn and grow on their own; they can’t rely on you all their lives. It can be hard to watch our children become increasingly more independent but unless we encourage them to take on some challenges and responsibilities without our help, they will never build the confidence they need to go out on their own. Give them some chores and responsibilities about the house that they have to complete on their own, to encourage independence.

Encourage New Experience

Don’t let your child spend every day and night playing on their smartphones rather than experiencing the real world. They need to have face-to-face social interactions, meet new people and learn about life outside of their home. Encourage them to join some sort of extra-curricular activity or get involved with community work so that they are able to step outside of their comfort zone, learn new skills and make friends with likeminded people. 

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