Ways to Raise Confidence and Self-Esteem in Your Children

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Ways to Raise Confidence and Self-Esteem in Your Children

Our children are always learning new skills, and with those new skills, confidence grows. But sometimes, children who feel discouraged or insecure may not be able to trust in their own abilities, learn how to handle failures when they come, and rebound from failures to become more successful in life. As parents, it can be not easy to give them the confidence they need, but there are plenty of parenting techniques to encourage confidence and add good parenting tools to your belt.

Our Simple Steps For Giving Your Children Confidence

Confidence, self-esteem, and self-trust are all skills anyone needs to tackle today’s challenges. Developing a healthy sense of self-confidence requires reinforcement, encouragement, and, most of all, a positive environment for growth and change. Below are some parenting tips that can help you instill healthy confidence in your child and give them ways to handle life’s challenges ahead:

  • Celebrate Their Success: When they succeed at a goal or task that they’ve done, celebrate their success by letting them know that you’re proud of them. It’s important to note that you should also show pride for them regardless of the outcomes and show them that you value them and not just for their success.
  • Help Them Explore Their Passions: Giving them the room to explore new ideas and concepts, such as interests in art, music, and sports, can give them the ability to aspire to the things they enjoy. Allowing them to explore these interests can help foster self-esteem and a sense of self that will stand out as they grow.
  • Support Their Identity: When they reach conclusions about themselves, support them! Allowing them to be who they are in that moment in time will provide them with a safe, loving environment that helps them feel secure at home and anywhere they go in life.
  • Allow Them To Fail: Failure is just as important as a success because failure is a learning experience to be explored. Teaching them that failure isn’t a negative thing can help them rebound from the initial disappointments and help them persevere through rough moments in their lives.
  • Model Confidence Yourself: Sometimes, the best role models out there are our parents. If you can achieve confidence in yourself, then your child can take you as an example and aspire to be the most honest version of themselves.
  • Most of All, Love Them: Providing them with all the love in the world will help them see how invaluable they are to you and those around them, and that will bring out their confidence most of all.

How Therapy Can Improve Your Confidence

For families going through more turbulent times, having the confidence to face your challenges can be extremely difficult, especially when family relationships are severed and trust is broken. Through therapy, you can work through feelings of self-doubt and fear and find a better way to connect with others around you by building your confidence from the ground up.

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April is the founder of Prestige Mental Health and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is qualified to practice primary care and psychiatry. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. April specializes in psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD/trauma, bipolar, and schizophrenia.