Buying bread rolls alone in the morning, talking to strangers, giving lectures in front of a large group – for some children almost insurmountable obstacles! At least in their heads. In such situations, parents want to strengthen their child’s self-confidence, but may not always know what to do best. Last year’s scoyo survey made it clear how important this issue is for parents. That’s why we have put together 7 tips here on how to make your little treasure brave.
Tip 1: Be a role model for your child
Probably the most important tip before all the others: Be a good role model for your little one. Many children are afraid of making mistakes. Make it clear to your child that mistakes are okay and that you can learn a lot from them. Being afraid is also very natural. Show your offspring that you are afraid at times. It is not about big things like a parachute jump. Rather, it is about the many small, challenging undertakings in everyday life that you can live out for your offspring. Your child learns from you and becomes more courageous in his own tests of courage. Read this article The Top 5 Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in Las Vegas for more details.
Tip 2: Making the child braver by expressing feelings
Strengthen the self-confidence of your little favorite by talking to him about his feelings. Show that the thoughts and feelings that concern him are important. But also make it clear that feelings depend on thoughts. This means that positive thoughts lead to positive feelings. Is your little up-and-coming actor afraid of being on stage for the next play? In the conversation about it, simply emphasize the beautiful things about the challenge (a beautiful costume, it can show everyone how well it can act…). Once it has expressed its concerns, the play may not be such a big hurdle anymore.
Tip 3: Strengthening self-confidence through (right) praise
Your offspring deserve praise for doing something, especially when it hasn’t. Try and effort are the decisive factor, not the result. But be careful, don’t fall into the praise trap! Praise your child better for his own behaviour and not necessarily for things he can do well. Otherwise, there is a danger of fear of failure: if your child combines your praise with good results, he fears your disappointment. Didn’t the sports game go so well?
Then simply highlight the great commitment of your offspring. You can strengthen your self-confidence by praising your offspring correctly, especially at times when your offspring are struggling with it.
Tip 4: Strengthen your self-confidence by choosing your own hobby
Is your child brave enough to devote himself to a new hobby? Wonderful! Being good at something greatly strengthens your child’s self-confidence. It can also be helpful to better cope with possible school setbacks: Then perhaps there is a lack of one or the other good grade in this half-year. For this, their own team took home the team trophy this year. Team sports in particular are very well suited to boosting self-confidence. Recognition for the commitment of your peers is good – and will be all the more important in later years.
Tip 5: Encourage your child to try new things
Soon the first hour in the new sports club is about to begin or even a change of school? That’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? A queasy feeling can creep in quickly. But that much is certain: changes are normal. Encourage your treasure to face these changes with confidence. Think together beforehand about what can happen. And assure your darling that you are always there when help is really needed. The most important thing is that your child has its own experiences! What counts is doing it yourself, not the result.
Tip 6: Strengthening self-confidence through the word “no”.
Saying “no” is difficult for many children (and even some adults). To be courageous enough to know one’s own will and to enforce it is an important quality. “Yes-sayers” are more popular because unpleasant tasks can easily be deposited on them. “No-sayers” may not always go down so well, but they listen more to what they themselves want and don’t let themselves be so strongly influenced from outside. Self-confidence also means being aware of one’s own abilities and desires. That is why it is so important to be able to refuse in the right places. That’s why it can’t hurt to consciously accept a “no” from your treasure. So your child can learn that his “No” also has an effect.
Tip 7: Practice self-confident appearance
Posture and gait say a lot about a person’s self-confidence. Attitude becomes important at school, for example during lectures. Practice with your prospective little rhetorician how you can appear more courageous in such situations. Things like shoulder rest, looking forward and direct eye contact work wonders. Perhaps you will stand together in front of the mirror and compare for yourself what an upright posture can do for a great effect!