No parent wants to see her child suffer from low self-esteem, but sometimes we have to step in to make sure that doesn’t happen. Too many children today are lacking in the confidence department, and as parents, it’s our job to fill that void. Here are some helpful ways to raise your child’s confidence.
Acknowledge Their Feelings
If your child comes to you with a self-esteem issue, it is important to hear why he is feeling down in the dumps. This will help you identify the underlying problem and offer an effective solution.
Nothing makes a child feel worse than hearing she isn’t as good as a sibling. By eliminating comparisons, you manage to maximize her self-esteem and minimize sibling rivalry.
Build a Positive Home
They say charity begins at home, but so does confidence. By making a few changes, you can create a positive space that boosts your child’s self-esteem and (hopefully) teaches her to help others who may be down on themselves.
Offer Unconditional Love
It’s easier for children to overcome hardships if there is a constant support system at home. Remind your kids that you will be there for the good and bad times and will love them even when they make mistakes.
Celebrate Their Success
Whether it’s learning to ride a bike or acing an important test, commend your child for a job well done. When he sees how proud you are of him, he will start to take pride in himself.
Give Them a Great Role Model
As the saying goes, you need to practice what you preach. If you call yourself stupid or shy away from challenges, then your child is likely to follow suit. Look at this as an opportunity not only to build your child’s confidence but to boost your own, as well.