Guest Post by Ryan Rivera.
Building your preschooler’s self-confidence can be a challenge and a crucial responsibility for a parent like you. Giving your child a sense of self-worth is the bedrock of the future of your child as he grows up and sets his own life on a roll. Experts agree that building the self-esteem of your child will lead him to believe that his contributions are valued and are appreciated by the society and the world where he lives in. Here are some of the ways you can help boost your child’s self-confidence and help him hurdle life’s greatest challenges.
Love your children unconditionally
A child gets a real boost on his self-confidence when you give him a seal of approval that you will not get angry even if he screws up. Your child will get a lot of lessons when you are able to accept his faults and misgivings. It is important that you are able to remind the child on how much you love him or her despite his shortcomings and inability to meet expectations. Try to pat him on the shoulder and hug him when he is at his lowest point. Be clear that you are angry at the behavior and not on the person.
Play with your kids
Play is an investment that can help your children gain solid self-c0nfidence when they grow up. Allow your kids to initiate play since it allows them to become interested longer compared to play that is dictated by an adult. Child-initiated play also gives the kids more self-worth because they feel that they are being responsible on how the play pans out. When you play with your kids allow them to dictate and decide on the outcome because it allows them to practice their decision making skills that will definitely prove to be valuable when they face real-life situations later in life.
Pay attention to your kids
Focus on your kids and spend time with them. It would do wonders to your children because it gives them an impression that they are important and worthy of your time. You need not to spend lots of time with them; just a few moments would do. If your child approaches you to ask a question, it would help if you pause for a while and establish eye contact so he or she would have the impression that you are indeed interested on what you have to say and are intently listening to what your child has to
Be a positive role model
When you show your child how to behave, they often would mirror you. Okay, you are only human and nobody expects you to be all perky and smiling all the time. If you think that your child cannot tell your fake smile then you are dead wrong. It all boils down on sensitivity. If you are sensitive to the needs of your child then it will help the
Teach your kids about limits
Establish some reasonable limits to your child. Start with simple rules such as telling your child not to play around the living room and never let the dog drink the toiletwater. Be clear and consistent with the limits that you cast in stone and there is a need to repeat as your child starts to live within your expectations which can boost his or her
Empathize with your kids
If your child feels frustrated, offer some degree of empathy and show him or her that you understand what he is feeling and at the same time offer to boost his confidence by highlighting the things he did well and away from the things that he did wrong. This will tell your children that nobody’s perfect and next time they will have the chance to bounce back and do better.
Your children will become better persons if you are able to boost their self-confidence. However, self-confidence is akin to a roller-coaster ride, sometimes you feel good about yourself and sometimes you don’t. We need to teach our children how to become resilient in the face of life’s challenges amid stress and anxiety.
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