For any individual, whether you are young or old, sometimes it is easy to pick up on the “shortcomings” you might think you have. Above all else, it is important for parents to be aware of how their children are feeling when it comes to their self-esteem. Children can easily pay attention to the faults they believe that they have and forget about the strong qualities they also possess. Parents need to know what they can do to help improve their children’s self-esteem if they have low confidence.
Your children’s mental health is essential significant. Their attitude towards their inner self should be full of confidence and positivity as they grow older and venture into the world on their own. They should know that their “shortcomings” do not define who they are, but make them special and how they can turn their weaknesses into strengths.
Here are 5 tools you can use to help build your children’s self-confidence.
Share what you love about your child with them often
Children need to hear you say that you love them. There is nothing wrong with telling your children “I love you” multiple times a day, week, month or whenever. Your children need to hear that from you, but they also need to know what you love about them. Share what qualities you love about your children to them. Let them know they when do a good job at something, such as helping you, being kind, and more. Don’t point out your children’s bad flaws constantly, remember sometimes to let the small things go and highlight what is good in your children.
Treat your children with respect
It has been told and shown that giving respect to others earns their respect for you. Children are no different when it comes to this. If you respect your children, they will in turn respect you. A child who feels respect will have a high self-confidence for who they are and their ability to do things.
Encourage your children to have a healthy lifestyle
Self-confidence doesn’t only come from feeling emotionally good about yourself, but also feeling physically good too. Ensure your children are learning about living a healthy lifestyle with the foods they eat and get plenty of exercise. Studies show that having a lifestyle that is balances with healthy food and exercise improves an individual’s mood and gives them the energy they need to learn and do the things that they enjoy doing.
While it might be a hassle to get your children to care for their hygiene, such as brushing their teeth and hair, it is one of the most important aspects sometimes of self-confidence. Proper oral health can encourage and promote your child’s self-confidence now and create a habit of a lifetime that is significant. Don’t give up on the battle if your children fight you on this one.
Spend time with your children
Children want to know that they are part of your life no matter how busy life is. They want you to take time out of the busy life your family is living and spend time with them too. It’s important to set time aside with your children, even for a few minutes every day without distractions. You can make it a weekly activity with just you and your child.
Don’t neglect apologizing
While it might feel like you don’t have to be the one apologizing since you are the parent, it is actually a great time to be an example to your children. Teaching your children, a life lesson in this position is important as it teaches them how to act if they are in fault and shows them what to do if they ever find themselves in the same situation. Apologizing shows that it’s okay to admit you are wrong, but it also comes with the ability to gain respect.
While it might be hard to care for a small human, if you are attentive to your children’s physical and mental needs they can learn to feel confidence early on in their life. Those who feel assured with who they are as an individual are motivated and able to accomplish their goals throughout their lives. They also can inspire and help others who might not feel so confident in their own ability too.