One of my favorite parts of parenting, other than the big love, is being given this chance to help shape, mold, and support my children. Here are 5 ways to boost your child’s confidence and I’m proud to be partnering with DocuSol® Kids on this post.
When Scarlet was a baby, new neighbors moved in next door at our old condo. They had a toddler boy – about nine months older than Scarlet – with the sweetest face and disposition. I didn’t know the mother well yet, but she said to me, “I keep telling him to stop growing and he never listens!” We laughed together then because we both knew that OF COURSE we wanted/want our children to grow confidence and thrive and bloom in their worlds. Sometimes, it hurts my mama heart.
How do I know they’re growing up so fast and so well? So many changes lately! Scarlet is in fourth grade and has carved quite a personality for herself. She is strong-willed, compassionate, passionate, empathetic, and extremely opinionated. She takes piano lessons on Mondays, and attends a theater class and a yoga class after school. And, she even tried playing basketball in the fall. She also does Girls on the Run, and will be taking a cooking class for the next semester of after school.
Des is in first grade, and is a kind, gentle soul. He’s also super funny and is an ace at slapstick comedy and comic timing. He plays with all kids, and is the most careful with our dog, cat, and 10 chickens. He’s cautious, funny, and also opinionated.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, though, and parenting can be tough. Mainly, we hurt when our children hurt. Kids sometimes go through a high level of stress through transitions, such as heading back to school after February break – like mine just did – or with exploring emotional/physical changes. I love to share ways to help boost your child’s confidence.
5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Confidence:
1 – Show your child unconditional love. I always tell new parents the same thing – this is as important as it gets. You will make mistakes (lots, probably) but own those mistakes and offer apologies and affection. At the end of the day, even the rough ones, my kids know they are loved and accepted in this family. It starts here and then extends through family and friends, and community, and the whole wide world.
2 – Have special time together. I’m really big on this in my house, and since I have two kids and three pets, I promise you it’s important to have one-on-one special time with ALL! Yes, even the cat – but the pets make it easy. I get only one afternoon a week with just Scarlet, and I know she can get sad about that, so I make sure we do something special – just the two of us. And I work hard to know their schedules, interests, etc. so I can have personal conversations with each.
3 – Give your kid age-appropriate chores and projects to do. I find that my kids love gaining new responsibilities. I’m not saying they don’t sometimes roll their eyes or balk at it, but that’s more incentive to me to let their chores and tasks expand. I also praise them for their efforts and help, and compliment them on a specific aspect of what they accomplished.
4 – Teach positive self-talk by starting with yourself. I can be guilty of saying negative things about myself – horrible things – that I would never want my kids to think about themselves. I’ve learned through parenting (and marriage) to celebrate my own successes and talk about my skills, talents, and most of all – efforts – and what it took to get where I am today.
5 – Teach your kids about physical changes, symptoms and discomforts, and address those changes while they happen too. Since high stress times can cause physical discomforts, we keep DocuSol® Kids at home. We love that it’s designed for general constipation relief and is safe and effective for children ages 2-12. Docusol® Kids is a mini-enema that provides relief within 15 minutes. That means there is no waiting overnight!
How do you help boost your child’s confidence?
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