From birth, your child is constantly learning about the world around them and developing new skills. It’s all well and good having a range of different abilities, but unless they have the confidence to apply them, they may be held back. Your child needs to have faith in themselves and know how to handle setbacks if things don’t go to plan. With that said, it’s important for parents to help instil a sense of confidence in their children so that they can thrive, both academically and on a personal level. Read on for some advice from a private school in London.
When talking to your child, try to use positive, uplifting terminology. Shield them from your stress where possible and instead, allow them to see you handle difficult situations with preparation and an encouraging attitude. For example, if you have an important presentation coming up at work, say something like “I’m nervous about this presentation but I’m sure it will go well as I have tried my best”. If you are quite pessimistic all the time, your child will adopt the same attitude.
Even if they make a mistake, remind them that they are only human; mistakes are inevitable and challenging situations make us stronger because we are able to learn from them. For instance, if they don’t get the grade they were hoping for in an exam, try and put a positive spin on it by telling them that you are proud of how hard they tried and there’s always next time. It’s natural to want to protect your child from failure and other hardships but doing so won’t teach them how to tackle problems in the future.
You should also encourage your child to try new things because this will allow them to continuously develop new skills and start to see that they can do anything they set their mind to. Give them new responsibilities around your home, like setting the table, walking the dog, or mowing the lawn, to show them that you trust their abilities. You could even suggest that they join an extra-curricular club so that they have something productive to focus on in their spare time, rather than playing on their game’s consoles or phones.
Talk to your child about their goals, both short term and long term, to instil a sense of optimism. Achieving these goals, no matter how big or small, will help them develop the strength they need to continue trying their best. As a result, they may feel more comfortable engaging in classroom discussions, exploring new hobbies and meeting new people.
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