A school is a place for our children to learn academics from their teachers and social behavior from their peers. They need the self-confidence to grow and learn as they navigate these trials. Self-confidence is faith in themselves, the belief in their competence in schoolwork and worth as a person. As your child’s watchful guardian, here are four additional tips to build their confidence, which could work in conjunction with our part 1 article.
Give Unconditional Love
Though obvious, this needs to be stated. Your child is yours, and they worship you as the dominant figure in their life. Love them unconditionally, show them affection, and always be there when they need you. This is the foundation of their trust in themselves since you trust them.
Teaching Your Child How to be Organized
School is a struggle on all fronts, and sometimes having to juggle a crazy schedule can be overwhelming for your child. At times, all they need is just a guiding hand on how to organize their schedule. One option to help teach your child organizational skills is to have a family calendar publicly displayed where everyone in the family can write events that are important to remember. Encourage your child to write on the calendar whenever they have an important event they want to remember like tests, exams, school parties, birthdays, and so on. Then perhaps on Mondays at dinner the family can look over the schedule together and plan how their week is going to go. This would be a great introduction to later teaching your child how to keep a personal planner of their own.
Push Them Socially
When children encounter new social situations, they grow nervous at the unfamiliar setting and tend to back up. Give them a gentle, but firm push forward, lest they stagnate and never overcome their fear. Also, the best way to help them build social skills is through practice, practice, practice. Sign them up for after-school activities and always be on hand with critical, but positive advice when they ask. Don’t pry, but keep an open ear.
Schoolwork can be a massive stress if it’s difficult. Your child will go through ups and downs, but if they’re endemically struggling, it will crush their confidence and create long, agonized nights. Don’t be afraid to find them tutoring. The extra education will boost their knowledge and skill at whatever the troubling subject is. They’ll gain more competence and confidence in themselves to get their work done. If your child needs additional structure, don’t be afraid to look into private schooling options. These specialized schools can provide assistance for any number of issues, including academic problems, troubled teenagers, social issues, and more.
The key to building your child’s confidence is to keep a watchful eye and gentle guidance. Intercede in a positive way when they need you. To learn about other ways to help your kids to feel more confident, check out on our blog!