How to Build Confidence in Young Children

How to Build Confidence in Young Children

Confidence is vital to your child’s future development. Increasing self-esteem and confidence in a child will directly affect their happiness, health, and success. Confident children are better equipped to deal with life’s difficulties and have more trust in their own capabilities.

Children develop confidence because of their own accomplishments. Kids with higher self-esteem and confidence are more likely to try their best, explore new activities, cope with their mistakes and have better social skills. As a parent, it’s only natural that you want to see your child thrive—and confidence is the greatest gift you can give your child. Here are a few ways you can help build confidence in your child.

Practice Positive Praising

We often engage in negative self-talk. Praise your kids to show them that you’re proud of them. Avoid result-based praise, such as only praising them when they get an A on a test. Also try to avoid praising qualities they can’t control, such as being smart or athletic. Instead, admire their effort and attitude. Compliment them on the amount of energy they put into a project, their progress, and how they approach it. This will encourage your children to put more effort into things and work toward their goals, paving a pathway to success.

However, don’t overpraise your child. If your child knows that they did badly in something, your compliments will just seem fake to them. Instead, motivate them by admiring their effort, and encourage them to not give up.

Image Alt-text: A father teaching his son how to ride a bike

Be A Role Model

Children mimic their parents. Their brains are like sponges—they absorb everything in their environment. That’s why it’s important to be a good role model for them. When they see you take on your tasks with a positive attitude, they’ll be likely to mimic your optimistic behavior. Put effort into your tasks such as cleaning, cooking, quit the complaining, and watch your child do the same.

Encourage Curiosity

Even though an endless stream of your curious child’s questions can get exhausting, it should be encouraged. Asking questions is a helpful exercise for your child’s development since it boosts their curiosity and learning skills. Try to answer all your child’s questions, even if it gets a little annoying—it’ll do wonders for their self-esteem and development.

Allow your child to explore new activities. Don’t put their entire focus on activities that they’re already good at—encourage them to expand their horizons. When your kids attain new skills, it’ll help them feel more confident in themselves, and develop a positive attitude. Allow your children to fail instead of protecting them at all times since it’ll encourage them to put in greater effort and perseverance in their tasks.

Build confidence in your children by allowing them to explore activities on their own. curaJOY’s immersive programs help in developing emotional and social skills in children. Our programs not only boost confidence and social development but also problem-solving skills in young children. Our immersive games can also help in managing worry and anxiety for kids, and help children gain fluency in both English and Mandarin.

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Caitlyn Wang
Caitlyn has scored above 99% every standardized tests she's taken since the ripe young age of 7, from the Wechsler IQ test, ABSRM piano performance exam to SAT. She is a proven senior business leader with global marketing, product development, supply chain management backgrounds who likes to tackle the impossible and has managed teams on three continents. Equally important, she is a devoted mother of two, a skilled pianist, certified yoga and aerial teacher, vocalist and lifelong learner.

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