Do you ever wonder what your kids will be like when they grow up? Do you have dreams and high hopes of them becoming something specific, like a doctor or a professional athlete? Maybe you just hope they grow up and aren’t too screwed up. I fall in that category a lot, I’ll admit.
I was thinking though, if I could have my child be anything, it would be confident. I think it’s the foundation for success in any area. Great things can be built upon a confident child. Confident children tend to behave better and are less likely to be bullied or give in to peer pressure. Heaven knows kids these days need a shield from bullies. I think confidence is just the thing.
Each one of my kids is different. We’ve got a rainbow of colors over here as far as personalities go.They all came with their own strengths and weaknesses. I wish they all could have inherited the “confident gene” from their daddy, like they did his eye color, that would make my job as a parent so much easier. But alas, that did not happen. I’ve got to put in some effort if I want to raise confident children. That’s one of those things that is easier said than done. It’s not like baseball practice where I can just send them for an hour each week to “confidence practice” and they come back all beefed up with self-esteem.
It’s totally my job, and can I tell you how much pressure I feel because of it? A LOT! Their self-esteem stems from me and their experiences here at home. I’ve got to be on my ‘A’ game if I’m going to accomplish the task of raising confident, contributors to society.
The roots of a young child’s self-concept come from home and nurturing caregivers. After six years of age, peer influence becomes increasingly important. The deeper the roots of home-grown self-confidence, the better equipped kids are to interact with peers in a way that builds up self-worth rather than tearing it down.
So, this is on my mind lately because I see the confidence level in one of my kids starting to drop. And after talking to their teacher at school, and hearing that she has noticed the same thing, I can’t help but delve into this and start, “Operation-beef-up-my-kid’s-self-confidence.”
My mission is to start with these next ten tips. If you’re interested in raising confident kids too, then click through and let’s do it together, shall we?
We can really help our children get a step ahead in life by arming them with a heaping, healthy dose of self-confidence. And with that, they won’t allow others to bully or cut them down. So, let ”Operation-beef-up-my-kid’s-self-confidence” begin!
What do you do to help your kids feel self-worth?
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