Self-confidence does not always come easy for everyone. Having a lack of confidence can certainly be a draw back that may affect one for his or her entire life. Parents have the ability to help their children build confidence. Parents probably have more influence on their children than anyone else does. Therefore, they are able to influence their children and help them have the confidence they need to succeed. If parents practice self approval, offer their children chances for success, allow their children to rehearse presentations at home, and encourage their children to socialize, self-confidence will come more easily to the children. Parents need to practice self-approval in front of their children. Sometimes parents are too hard on themselves. Parents should be good role models because children look up to their parents and usually want to be like them. Show children that everyone makes mistakes, but they must learn from their mistakes and use them to their advantage. Children need to be taught confidence at an early age. The younger a parent starts teaching self-confidence to a child, the easier it will be for both the child and the parent.
Some children are just naturally confident while others need to be encouraged. Allow children to do tasks and receive praise for them. Give children jobs that require responsibility, such as locking doors, feeding pets and doing chores around the house. When the children attempt the tasks, even if it isn't exactly as expected, be sure to congratulate them for their effort. It's all right to show them how to accomplish the tasks but not to constantly criticize them for not doing it right.
When children have presentations to give, allow them to rehearse at home in front of an audience. Give them full attention and watch them give the presentation. Praise the children for their ideas, and add a few pointers that might help them improve. Don't discourage children and make them fear a presentation. Try to put them at ease by telling them what a great job they are doing.
Parents should encourage their children to socialize. Plan play dates for children while they are young and continue to do so as they grow older. This will put them at ease and help them communicate with other children. Another good way to help build confidence in children is to allow them to join clubs. There are many clubs that are designed just for children. Playing sports is also a good idea for some children, especially if they are good athletes. When children have confidence in themselves, they sometimes
have abilities that are surprising. They believe they can succeed which can make all the difference. Volunteering for projects or fundraisers in a community, church or school can give children confidence because it makes them feel good about themselves by helping others.
Building confidence in children is a big responsibility for parents. Having confidence in themselves is one of the most important lessons that parents can teach their children. Children will find that life can be lived much easier if they have self-confidence.