Self-Confidence 101 - Kumon

Self-Confidence 101

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E. E. Cummings

Instill a can-do attitude in your children, and they’ll bravely take on new challenges and believe in themselves. Once your children exude confidence, the possibilities are endless.While each child is unique, you can follow some general guidelines to build your children’s confidence.Here are some tips to begin your journey.

1. Praise effort as well as achievement. Praise your children not only for a job well done but also for the effort put forth to reach a new goal.

2. Let them make age-appropriate decisions. When your children get the chance to make choices from a young age, they’ll gain confidence in their own good judgment. As they mature, give them more responsibility to make their own decisions.

2.  Be a positive role model. Nurture your own abilities and positive attitude, and your children will mirror your confidence.

4. Allow them to resolve issues. Children gain confidence when they’re able to work out a problem. While it’s our natural instinct to jump in and try to protect your children, they need to learn to negotiate or understand a different point of view. Resolving problems independently promotes self-confidence.

A healthy sense of self-confidence is like a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Children who feel good about themselves have an easier time handling conflicts and making decisions. Building your children’s self-confidence ultimately helps them succeed in many endeavors both in school and in life.