"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Confidence is one of the most important lessons for kids to learn.
To some this can come naturally, but to others it takes time, especially if your young daughter or son are shy when it comes to meeting new people or trying new things.
As adults, we want to help build a child’s self-esteem for them to live a happy and successful future.
Building confidence doesn’t have to feel like a challenge. In fact, it can be fun, and we’re here to share some of our top five tips to get your little one’s feeling like they’re on top of the world.
The Role Model
Well, first and foremost, it starts with you! The parent, the teacher, the friend, the family member - anyone!
Think of yourself as a mirror - what kind of reflection do you want your child to see in you and themselves?
Being a good role model is all about teaching right from wrong. By showing simple acts of kindness like offering to help carry the shopping bags, or saying ‘sorry’ when doing wrong can instil in children the confidence to make good decisions and become more proactive as people.
Encouragement and Praise
Encouragement and praise are a sure-fire way to help boost a child’s confidence. It makes them feel proud of their efforts and achievements, whether they are big on winning a contest, or small in answering a difficult question in class.
Plus, if they fail, remember, when one door closes another one opens!
Talk to them about ways to improve and how to make socialising, school, or activities easier to face.
Feeling insecure or sad? Find a comfortable environment where they can express their emotions. One tip is using characters from some of their favourite stories, or even toys to help them understand their feelings and situation.
As always, be your child’s biggest cheerleader as they pursue their passion in art, music, football, or swimming!
Plus, for those with an adventurous streak, our electric mini dirt bikes and ATV quad bikes are a great option for young riders and beginners alike, especially if they have expressed a keen interest in sports such as motocross, racing, rally, or simply love being outdoors.
Taking a Step Back
Just as praising your child is good, allowing them to make their own choices and take responsibility is equally beneficial.
After all, relying on mum and dad can hinder their independence and ability to learn through trial and error. Therefore, doing chores around the house, assigning them special jobs like feeding the dog, or asking them what clothes they would like to wear today shows a level of competence and sense of appreciation.
Finally, as mentioned before, toys are another great source of help, in raising a child’s confidence and problem-solving skills.
Puzzles, jigsaws, constructional games like Jenga, even ride on cars, scooters, and balance bikes provided by us help sharpen their level of intelligence, teamwork, and control.
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