Developing Self Confidence
Developing self confidence
is about believing in our own abilities.
A growing child's developing self confidence reflects both positive interactions with his environment and a growing trust in others and himself.
Self confidence is about having a belief in our own abilities.
It is the inner assurance that we can trust ourselves, be self reliant and have faith in our own choices and judgments.
This inner belief or self confidence is usually mirrored back to us through our interactions with others and so our competence is further enforced.
Ideally, self confidence is best developed early in life and maintained with awareness as we mature.
Early, positive, repetitive nurturing, provides the pattern or blueprint for your child on which his sense of self confidence is formed.
Praise Your Children Often:Build on every positive step they take by letting them know that you see them.
Praise them for:
Steps Toward Developing Self Confidence:
Comparisons between children are odious at the best of times. A child can be quickly undermined if he feels he is being compared with a sibling or friend. Self acceptance is a large component of self confidence.
Write-out-loud.com shows how Speech and Drama activities are an ideal way to build self confidence in a child. If you have a child who is anxious or afraid of speaking up in front of a class, adults, or perhaps even their peers, these suggestions and activities will help you to help them. The positive benefits will spill over into all areas of their lives.
Developing Self Confidence in Parents
How you feel about yourselfParents with a lack of self confidence can often unwittingly project their negative self-worth onto their children.
affects how you act towards others
Raising your confidence levels will also rub off on those around you. So, by increasing your own confidence, you're also helping those you come in contact with.
This is great news for parents who lack confidence. Becoming parents can sometimes be the encouragement we need to seek help for ourselves.
The first step toward becoming consistent in our thoughts and actions is taken in developing self confidence. If you feel you are low on confidence as a parent, I suggest you help your self forward by finding encouraging reading material, by joining confidence raising groups, and by speaking to those closest to you about how you feel low in confidence.
By seeking help and asking others to encourage us, we can begin to grow and move forwards together.
If you have problems in developing self confidence that are affecting your parenting do get professional help. In parenting our children, we can re-parent ourselves.
I recommend this website, Life With Confidence which gives great information on how to build your own self confidence as an adult.
Other articles in this series:
Low self esteem signs in children
What is self respect?
Positive self talk
Healthy self image
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