Category Archives: The Growing Parent

Tips for Developing Confidence in Children: Part 1

Tips for Developing Confidence in Children: Part 1

Self-confidence is essential for all aspects of healthy human development, especially in the development of children.

Confidence makes children more likely to be resilient and to pursue individuality, and less likely to develop emotional problems later in life.

They learn more, achieve more and are generally all around happier in life. Here are a few tips that parents can utilize to help develop confidence in their kids:

  • Love & accept your child.
    • This tip may seem obvious yet cannot be stated enough. Unconditional love and consistency build a foundation for confidence. Love them well and love them consistently. Making sure that your children feel loved and accepted by you means they will be more likely to love and accept themselves.
  • Let your child make their own choices.
    • When children are allowed to make choices from a young age, they gain confidence in their own judgment. This can be implemented in an age appropriate fashion, such as giving young children a choice between one or two options. However, the more you are able to give your kids the ability to choose, the more powerful and confident they will feel.
  • Give your children responsibilities.
    • Giving children responsibilities around the house helps with development in many ways, including developing confidence. Give your children jobs that they can do successfully, and that will make them feel useful. With opportunity, good instruction, and patience from parents, kids can master skills in the home, which in turn, makes them more confident to master things outside of the home.

In the next part of the series, we will discuss the four remaining tips for building confidence in your children.

 

Written by: Amanda Dempsey, LAMFT

Mental Health In Our Schools and How We Can Help Students

Mental Health In Our Schools and How We Can Help Students

About one in five children in the United States show signs of a mental health disorder – anything from ADHD to eating disorders and suicide. And yet, as NPR has been reporting in their series on the mental health crisis in U.S. schools, many schools aren’t prepared to work with these students. When there are…

Our Schools & The Mental Health Crisis

Our Schools & The Mental Health Crisis

Our schools are experiencing a mental health crisis. In any given year, up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder. What can we do to identify these students within our schools and connect them to the resources they need? In part 1 of a series on…

Conflict Tools You Can Use

Conflict Tools You Can Use

While perusing Pinterest and looking for posts regarding conflict, I came across the following quote: 10% of conflict is due to difference of opinion and 90% is due to tone of voice and delivery. I was curious about the origin. While I was not able to find consensus as to the author, it seems to…

How to “Parent Proof” Your Marriage

How to “Parent Proof” Your Marriage

One of the most frequent issues that many spouses face is problems with intrusive parents. Do you experience parents who call daily, come over uninvited, tell you how to parent your children, judge the decisions you make or disrespect your spouse? These type of encounters are problematic to marriages because they violate the trust, protection and loyalty…

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