Self-confidence is a feeling of trust in ourselves and our abilities. It's one of the keys to feeling proud, thinking good things about ourselves, and believing in what we can do. When we're more confident, we're more willing to try new things and achieve our potential.
Self-confidence (similarly called self-esteem) grows slowly and gradually, and can be developed at any age.
Fundamental ways to build self-esteem include:
- Praising effort, not results (and don't praise too much)
- Unconditional love
- Allowing for opportunities for kids to help out
- Letting kids make mistakes
- Avoiding harsh criticism, name calling, etc.
- Practicing and modeling positive self-talk and positive attitude (setting an example as adults)
- Promoting a GROWTH MINDSET
Here are some of my favorite articles for parents about fostering self-confidence in your child(ren):
All about self-confidence, with links to related characteristics like motivation, self-advocacy, and resiliency:
Ask these questions to learn about your child's thinking:
Here, read about how to foster self-confidence by focusing not on oneself, but on mindfulness, empathy, and immersion in special interests/hobbies:
See here for an Intro to using Affirmations. Afrirmations help instill positive self-talk, optimism, self confidence, and gratitude: