When it comes to a person’s confidence, it starts when they are children. Since the younger years of a person’s life are their formative years, it’s essential for their long-term confidence to make sure they are encouraged and loved.
A confident child doesn’t just perform better in school, but their relationships throughout their life are much more successful, and they have an overall happiness which transfers to all areas of their lives. Confident children are more likely to go to college and achieve their career goals. Or achieve their personal goals like having a family, or buying a house. If you have been looking for ways to encourage your children’s confidence as a parent, here are some of the things that you can do.
Cover Their Basic Needs
First and foremost, a child should have their basic needs covered. This means having clothing and shelter which they know that they can depend on, as well as food on the table.
This doesn’t mean that you have to buy them the most expensive clothing on the market, or all the toys in the store. However, they should be able to know that they don’t have to worry where their next meal is coming from, or that they may have to sleep on the streets.
Give Them Compliments
Children thrive on reassurance from their guardians. It’s important to tell your children every day how much that they mean to you and all of the things that they should be proud of about themselves.
Without feedback and positive reinforcement, kids can start to question if they are good enough. Before they even start to question themselves, set them up for success by telling them how great they are.
Some parents make the mistake of assuming that the more they compliment their children, the more arrogant hey will be. However, this has no logic to it. Often it is insecure people that are the most arrogant since they are compensating for their insecurity. Whereas genuinely confident people don’t feel better than anyone. They are simply comfortable in their own skin.
Encourage Their Talents
If you see that your child excels at something, you should try to encourage them to follow through with that activity as much as you can.
Even though they may initially resist you, gently encourage them to follow through with staying committed, and explain to them the benefits of commitment to a skill.
Give Physical Affection
Humans need physical affection and love. It’s important to give your children plenty of hugs and cuddles on a regular basis.
Kids who have healthy amounts of physical affection in their childhood are less likely to have issues later on in life in their personal relationships.