The very best thing you can equip your child with is self-confidence!
There is absolutely no substitute for it. Let me repeat that because this line is very important: There is absolutely NO substitute for self-confidence! Confident children face every day with a positive outlook and tend to have better grades, more friends and less stress.
Here are some tips for increasing your child’s self-confidence:
1. Help them find their inner talents. Everyone has an inner passion or ability that they can sink their teeth into. This includes sports, music, reading, writing, arts, etc. Ask them what their favorite hobby is or interest. Then find a way to help them pursue their passion! Don’t ignore their requests to play the piano or pick up a new sport. Just remember that if they do find a passion, be sure to help them follow-through. Some children tend to get lazy simply because they lack motivation. It is up to you to keep them motivated!
2. Find positive role models. Coaches, tutors and babysitters can have a positive influence on your child’s life. In fact, many children will listen or open up to their role models more when it comes to certain struggles because they feel a special connection between them. This is not a bad thing! Think about the special people that you confide in. I bet you could name a few role models besides your parents that have helped shape your life! Don’t be afraid to cut the cord and let your children seek inspiration from other people that you know are great role models for them.
3. Remind them every day of how special they are. Confidence begins at home! Praise their efforts and accomplishments whether they are big or small. You don’t have to go overboard but you don’t want to let the little opportunities that build your child’s confidence slip by you.
We hope our “Back to School Tips” have helped you in this season of transition with your child! If your son or daughter is having a hard time getting back into the groove of school, please let us know. We are here to help & support you both in making this an awesome year!
Author: Jennifer Salama of Skillz Worldwide.
Jennifer is a 4th-degree black belt that currently works alongside her husband, John Salama, at the SKILLZ Worldwide Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. With a Masters Degree in Child Psychology, Jennifer’s experience and expertise is invaluable to helping our SKILLZ students and their parents be their best. We are so grateful to Jennifer and Skillz Worldwide for their unwavering support of our family’s mission!