Self-confidence is a trait that is crucial in life. It's required in order to get ahead, to enjoy a successful career and to maintain an active and fulfilling social life. As such, it is critical for human beings to learn all about self-confidence at as early an age as possible. As a parent, how can you help to build self-confidence in your child when they are getting ready to join an early school environment?
It All Starts at Home
A child will develop a good deal of confidence if they are brought up in a typically loving environment. Parents will need to encourage them and excite them when it comes to learning new skills and give positive reinforcement along the way. Once self-confidence starts to develop, the child will be more willing to challenge themselves in school and begin to trust their ability to master even more skills and overcome obstacles. It will help them interact with their peers and respond well in social environments.
Making a Plan
Self-confidence doesn't just happen though. You need to exhibit certain behaviours and establish particular routines to help as much as you can.
For example, make sure that you establish daily routines that provide a feeling of safety and security to the child. This can be as simple as a bedtime story each night, brushing the teeth at the same time, getting ready for mealtimes and so on. This type of predictability will allow the child to get used to the world all around them without worrying.
Setting an Example
Always behave impeccably in front of your children. Exhibit your own confidence, and they will quickly pick up on it, as you are of course their primary role model. Be persistent and moderate in everything that you do, and always be optimistic and positive.
Playtime is more than just "time off." It is critical in helping the child to explore, discover, tackle challenges and solve problems.
Gradually introduce your child to responsibilities, such as helping with simple chores or picking up the toys. When they become competent here, they will feel empowered and ready to do more difficult tasks.
Finally, be selective in how much praise you give them. In some circumstances, it's very appropriate and welcome. However, you shouldn't overdo it in the mistaken belief that it will help them build their confidence. Don't get into the habit of teaching your child that being good is just a way of pleasing their parents.
This Is Just the Beginning
With a concerted effort, you can make sure that your child is absolutely ready for their early learning environment.