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Tuesday 26 January 2021

Helping Your Child Become More Confident

Confidence allows us to embrace life’s challenges and throw ourselves out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. To make sure your child grows into a confident person there are several things you can do to help. Below are some great tips from an independent school in Somerset, read on to find out more.

Praise Effort

When a child lacks confidence, they are less likely to try their best, as the fear of embarrassment or failure outweighs their desire to succeed. Consistently praising their effort regardless of their ultimate success will mean that your child is more likely to keep trying as they start to enjoy the process regardless of the outcome. Children who are praised for their efforts are more likely to enjoy the activity they are taking part in as the fear of failure is diminished, this means they are more open to try different activities and don’t let fear stop them from getting involved.

Try Something New

Exposing your child to unfamiliar activities or environments will teach them the value of venturing out of their comfort zone. Encourage them to explore new hobbies or sign up to a sports team, introducing them to new challenges and unfamiliar faces. The more they do this the less they will shy away from the unfamiliar, becoming increasingly adaptable and capable and taking the unknown in their stride.

Nurture Independence

Offering your support is absolutely necessary for developing your child's confidence, though this should not be mistaken for handholding them through every experience. Your child needs to develop a sense of self and establish faith in their own ability, learning to solve problems independently and experimenting with measured risk taking. Shielding your child from any mistake or mishap will not teach them the value of overcoming adversity. Children need to learn that it is normal to face obstacles and failure in life, and their confidence will flourish when they realise they can overcome problematic situations by themselves.

K Elizabeth xoxox

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