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PARENTALK:  6 Self Confidence building tools for kids

PARENTALK: 6 Self Confidence building tools for kids

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Every parent desires to have kids that have self-confidence.  Confident kids grow up to make more confident life choices.

 Merriam –Webster dictionary defines confidence as "a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something”

When you have this belief in yourself then it's called self- confidence. While the definition is just a sentence, there are many moving parts to how one acquires this belief. It is a good idea to lay the foundation stone at a young age. As kids wade their way through teenage and adult life they can build on this foundation that you helped them lay.  

 We have curated some tools that will help you in this journey

Tool #1 :  Write a letter to self

Understanding and accepting oneself is the key to self esteem and self confidence. Writing letters themselves can help kids in building these. Ask your kid to write a letter in which they thank themselves for their good qualities. They can also write about their achievements.  They can write about they are thankful for as well.

Tool #2 : Goals Journal

Ask your kid to write down what she wants to achieve. You can help her in writing the goals. These need not be big life transforming goals.  Help them write goals that are relevant to their current lives. For example, assume your kid is learning to play a musical instrument. His goal could be to learn to play the song, “ Magical Mystery Tour”, by the end of February 2022.  This is a very clear goal with a set timeline on when to achieve it. You can help your child record weekly progress towards the goal.

Once your kid achieves the goal, don't congratulate him.

Tool #3: Achievements collage

Start by asking your kid about the wins he has had. Ask him to draw pictures of the wins. Create a collage and pin it up

Tool #4 :  Setback Reflections

When someone fails at something it reduces his or her confidence. Failure is only a stepping-stone to success.  Kids need to understand this to be able to accept their faults and mistakes. It is a good idea to set up some time on a regular basis to understand this. Once they have described their setbacks ask them what they have learnt and how they can avoid it in the future.

 Tool #5: Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is a presentable personality and is a great confidence booster. Get kids involved in daily physical activities like yoga, running, playing a sport.

Tool # 6: Gratitude Journaling

Research indicates that people who have gratitude have a higher self respect and self esteem. You can ask your kids to practice gratitude journaling. Here are some ways you can help them.

  Provide prompts, such as:

  • I was happy today because……”
  • I am thankful to my friend XYZ because ____”
  • Ask your kid to list three things she felt grateful for each day or week.
  • Younger children can draw pictures of what they’re grateful for and then discuss with you

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